Navigating the Festive Season: 7 Common Hazards for Dogs During the Holidays

The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness, but amidst the festivities, it's crucial for pet owners to be aware of potential hazards that can pose risks to their furry friends. From tempting treats to sparkling decorations, here are some common hazards for dogs during the holiday season.

1. Festive Foods

The holiday table is often adorned with a feast of delicious treats, but many of these can be harmful to dogs. Rich and fatty foods, such as turkey skin and gravy, can lead to digestive issues like pancreatitis. Chocolate, nuts, onions, and certain spices commonly used in holiday dishes can be toxic to dogs. Ensure that festive meals are kept out of reach and educate guests to avoid slipping a treat to your pup under the table. If you poke around social media you will see a lot of veterinarians discussing how pancreatitis in dogs it the number one issue they see during the holiday season during emergency visits.

2. Decorative Dangers

Twinkling lights, ornaments, and tinsel can turn your home into a winter wonderland, but they also present hazards for curious dogs. Electric cords from holiday lights pose a risk of electrocution if chewed, and glass ornaments can break, causing injury. Tinsel, when ingested, can lead to intestinal blockages. Place decorations strategically, and opt for pet-friendly ornaments and non-toxic decorations to keep your home both festive and safe.

3. Toxic Plants

Many popular holiday plants are toxic to dogs. Mistletoe, holly, and poinsettias can cause gastrointestinal distress and more severe issues if ingested. Keep these plants out of your dog's reach or opt for artificial versions that pose no threat. Consider using pet-safe alternatives like dog-friendly wreaths or decorations made from non-toxic materials.

4. Wrapping Woes

The excitement of unwrapping presents can be contagious, and dogs may join in the fun. However, ingesting wrapping paper, ribbons, and bows can lead to intestinal blockages. Be vigilant when unwrapping gifts, and dispose of packaging materials promptly to prevent your dog from snacking on them.

5. Alcoholic Beverages

Holiday celebrations often involve alcoholic beverages, and unfortunately, dogs may be tempted to sneak a sip. Alcohol can cause severe health issues for dogs, including intoxication, lethargy, and even coma. Ensure that all drinks are kept out of your dog's reach, and inform guests about the importance of not sharing their drinks with your furry friend. Also, keep an eye out for dogs getting into those liqueur chocolates that are popular around this time of year. Chocolate and alcohol can be a lethal combination.

6. Changes in Routine

The holiday season can bring about significant changes in routine, with guests coming and going, and loud celebrations taking place. Some dogs may find these changes stressful, leading to anxiety or behavioural issues. Create a quiet, safe space for your dog to retreat to if needed, and maintain their regular feeding and exercise schedule as much as possible. Also, with all of the guests coming and going, be sure to remind guests to keep the front door closed so that your animal doesn't slip out among the chaos.

7. Cold Weather Concerns

Depending on your location, the holiday season may bring colder weather. Ensure that your dog has adequate shelter and protection from the elements, especially if spending extended periods outdoors. Consider investing in a cozy dog sweater from our shop to keep them warm during winter walks.

As you celebrate the holidays with your loved ones, including your four-legged family members, awareness and preventative measures are key to ensuring a safe and enjoyable season for everyone. By staying informed and taking precautions, you can create a festive environment that minimizes risks and allows your dog to join in the holiday cheer.

Happy Howlidays from the Punk Pet Apparel Team! 

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