Holiday Dangers for Pets

Reposting this later than I had intended but life has been a little crazy lately! Merry Christmas!!

Moonlight Reflections

The holidays are here!  And while this is a joyous time of year, we need to be aware that there can be added dangers for our pets this time of year.  Here is a list of some common things that can pose a threat to our four-legged friends around the holidays. 


  • Chocolate–  Most people are aware that chocolate is toxic to pets.  Dogs are most susceptible since they are known to eat just about anything.  The toxins in chocolate are theobromine and caffeine.  The darker and richer the chocolate (Baker’s chocolate), the higher the risk of poisoning.  Milk chocolate is the least toxic.  The toxins in chocolate stimulate the central nervous system, increase urine output and cause a rapid heartbeat.  The animal may vomit and have diarrhea, may become very thirsty, become restless and hyperactive.  This may progress to a lack of coordination, tremors and seizures.  In some cases…

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I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, veterinarian, and wanna be writer. I love nature and animals of all kinds, music, cooking, and spending time with my family.
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2 Responses to Holiday Dangers for Pets

  1. This is always a great reminder Gail! In all the activities during the holidays, it’s easy to forget some of the dangers to our furbabies.
    Merry Christmas to you!

    • Gail says:

      Thank you and yes, we get so busy that we often forget about the dangers unique to this time of year. Just two nights ago I had set a gift sack down in my den that someone had just given me. I walked out of the room, and when I came back in, one of my cats had chewed the ribbon handles off the bag and was eating them!

      Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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