Albion Park & Gerringong

Navigating Holiday Hazards With Pet’s During Christmas and New Year’s

The holiday season can be fun for us but can cause our furry friends some trouble. 


One of the most iconic aspects of the holiday season is decorating our homes with twinkling lights, tinsel, trees, and ornaments. While these decorations create a festive atmosphere, they can be hazardous to pets. Cats, in particular, are known for their curiosity and love of climbing, making Christmas trees a potential source of danger. Secure your tree to prevent it from toppling over, and avoid using tinsel, which can be ingested and cause intestinal blockages. Opt for pet-friendly ornaments and keep fragile decorations out of reach.

Poisonous Plants:

Many plants associated with the holidays can be toxic to pets. Mistletoe, holly, and poinsettias, though beautiful, can cause digestive upset, nausea, and other health issues if ingested by pets. Consider using artificial alternatives or placing live plants out of reach. If you must have these plants, ensure they are in a secure location and monitor your pets closely.

Tasty but Toxic Treats:

Holiday feasts often include foods that can be harmful to pets. Chocolate, alcohol, fatty foods, fruit cakes, and certain spices can be toxic to animals. Keep these treats out of your pet’s reach, and remind guests not to share their plates with furry friends. Be cautious with bones, as they can splinter and cause choking or internal injuries. Consider preparing pet-friendly treats to share the joy with your pets safely. Pancreatitis is a common condition we see during the holiday period. Pancreatitis is a severe inflammation of the pancreas and can be caused by ingesting too much fatty food. Please be mindful of what you feed your pets and please give us a call if you think your pet is unwell.

Candle Caution:

Candles create a warm and inviting ambiance, but they can pose a fire hazard, especially in homes with playful pets. Wagging tails or curious paws can easily knock over candles, leading to burns or even a fire. Opt for flameless LED candles or keep traditional candles in secure holders placed on high surfaces.

Noisy Celebrations:

Fireworks and loud celebrations are hard to avoid on New Year’s Eve. While you may enjoy the festivities, the noise can be distressing for pets. Create a safe and quiet space for your furry friends to retreat to if the noise becomes overwhelming. Consider using white noise machines or calming music to drown out loud sounds. If your pet suffers from anxiety and you need to stock up on medication, please give us a call before you run out to ensure we have them in stock and you don’t run out!

Secure Gift Wrapping:

The excitement of unwrapping gifts can be contagious, and pets may want to join in the fun. Keep an eye on ribbons, bows, and wrapping paper and wrapped food, as these items can be enticing to pets but pose a choking hazard or a foreign body if ingested. Dispose of gift wrap materials to avoid any mishaps.

As you celebrate the holidays with friends and family, remember to include your pets in your safety plans. By being aware of potential hazards and taking proactive measures, you can ensure that the season remains joyful for everyone, including your beloved furry companions. 

Happy holidays to you and your pets! 

From the team at Albion Park and Gerringong Vets