Holiday Dangers

The holidays come with a number of concerns for pet owners. The chaos of entertaining guests can give your dog or cat the perfect opportunity to put themselves in dangerous situations. If you can’t keep an eye on your dog, a crate is a good solution to keep them out of harm’s way. Hiring a pet sitter or bringing your dog to a boarding facility can also alleviate some of your holiday stress. We have several recommendations for both of those options.
Campbell is all set for Christmas with her festive scarf
Potential dangers for your pet*:
      • Alcohol
      • Medications
      • Chocolate
      • Macadamia nuts and walnuts
      • Grapes, raisins, avocados, and onions
      • Artificial sweeteners (often found in sugarless gum and treats)
      • Leftovers from your feast (seasoning, added sodium, and fat trimmings can cause vomiting and diarrhea)
      • Cooked bones
      • Holiday plants (holly, mistletoe, and poinsettias)
      • Electrical cord
      • Candles
      • Decorations
Remember that the holidays can be a stressful time of year for your pet as well. They may exhibit behaviour that you haven’t seen before or past behaviours may resurface. It is important to understand why these behaviours have occurred so they can be dealt with responsibly. Keep in mind that overwhelming your pet will set them up to fail. If they aren’t able to handle the excitement and stress, please ensure their needs are tended to. 
Your friends at Domestic Carnivore hope you have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season. We are always available for advice and professional recommendations. 
Lauren and Gordy
Domestic Carnivore 
1142 Wilson Street West
Ancaster, Ontario
*For more information on how these items are dangerous to your pet, please visit ASPCA Poison Control