How to have a safe pet christmas


Lintbells have sent me the above infographic and the following information about how to keep us pets safe this Christmas:

Christmas, as we know, is “the most wonderful time of the year”… But what should be “the happiest season of all” can soon degenerate into something quite different, if we ignore the dangers our festive celebrations can pose to our animals. For instance, while Christmas dinner may look very tempting to your Labrador or Alaskan Malamute (and who are you to deny him or her on Christmas Day??), for them there is far more at stake than simply their waistline.

Among the many unexpected hazards on your Christmas menu are the onions in your gravy and stuffing. Onions contain a substance known as thiosulphate, which is toxic to dogs and cats, causing oxidative damage to red blood cells. Early signs of onion poisoning include diarrhoea, vomiting and lethargy.

Turkey bones – from your plate, kitchen counter, or rubbish bin – are hollow, and splinter easily, causing obstruction and sometimes perforation of the intestinal tract.

You also need to be cautious once pudding has arrived….. Christmas cake, Christmas pudding and mince pies are rich in alcohol and raisins, which, like onions, are toxic to dogs and cats. Grapes and raisins are especially hazardous.

Nuts (macadamias, in particular) are likewise dangerous to pets. Signs of macadamia poisoning include weakness and ataxia (difficulty walking, due to lack of coordination). Once you have removed the onions, bones, raisins and nuts from your pet’s Christmas dinner, you can treat them to some fat trimmings and roast potatoes but be aware fatty meals can result in loose stools or potentially a trip to the vets.

Sadly, not only our Christmas dinner but also our Christmas decorations, can be dangerous to pets. Christmas trees (pine), holly, mistletoe and poinsettia are all mildly toxic, causing diarrhoea and vomiting if ingested. Furthermore, though we may know chocolate is toxic to pets, it is easy to overlook the chocolate coins dangling enticingly from branches, or wrapped beneath the tree.

Non-chocolate tree decorations can also be tempting to our pets. As well as presenting a choking hazard, baubles tend to shatter, causing lacerations to the mouth and/or intestines. Tinsel can be eaten like spaghetti. Unlike spaghetti, however, tinsel bunches and twists within the intestines, requiring immediate surgery.

We all know the festive season can be stressful, but, by following these tips, and ensuring your pets are safe this Christmas, you can at least avoid the expense of an unscheduled visit to your vets. Now, go have yourselves a merry little Christmas… Santa Paws is coming to town.

Thank you Lintbells for that info. Have a safe and happy Christmas everyone!

42 Comments on “How to have a safe pet christmas”

  1. Very nice post , useful information , thanks for sharing

  2. PigLove says:

    Excellent post my friend! Thanks for thinking of all of us anipals and the dangers of Christmas – you’re the best. XOXO – Bacon

  3. p.m.terrell says:

    Thank you for sharing this with us and our peeps, Misaki! Our mummy put a three foot tall tree on the dining room table so Lucy Loo could not get into it and get hurt. Eddie and Me (Simone) know better It is always good to be reminded of the doggie dangers! Merry Christmas!

  4. Thanks for help’n to keep me safe.

  5. Thanks for the reminder to the people. They can get so caught up in the holiday cheer (and maybe the eggnog) that they forget about simple things that can keep us safe and healthy! Lee and Phod

  6. Great post, Misaki! I hope all pets will be safe and no one has to see the vet.

  7. Reblogged this on cominghomerescue and commented:
    Thanks to Misaki for reminding us to make sure our dogs and cats have a safe and Merry Christmas

  8. Great post and we hope everyone has a safe Christmas. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  9. Kyla says:

    I never get chocolate and I keep hearing that it’s the yummiest substance on earth.

  10. We will be extra safe this Christmas!
    Dip Bridge and Elliiot x

  11. Madi and Mom says:

    Misaki wonderful information….thanks sweetie
    hugs madi your bfff

  12. Frankie and Ernie says:


  13. ….and don’t try to climb to the top of the tree. That angel is NOT a toy!

    Love and licks,

  14. What a wonderful PSA> Thank you!


  15. Thanks for sharing Misaki!!! This was a great reminder!!

  16. Teagan says:

    That was very informative. You should see our tree this year, we’ve got a great big one and two reindeer beside it but there’s a little fence in front of it to keep my wee sis Ellie away. She’d be chewing up all the decorations if she could. Pickle has already knocked the reindeer over twice, she’s a naughty cat.
    Have a lovely Christmas.

  17. REtro Rover says:

    great post I am always amazed by how many people think feeding pets chocolate is no big deal.
    retro rover

  18. Emmadog says:

    Good info. We are extra careful this year with my puppy sister around and into everything!

  19. pawedblog says:

    Thanks so much for this Misaki, I hope you don’t mind I shared your post on my FB page x

  20. Great infographic and safety tips to share Misaki. Hope that everyone can have a safe Christmas!

  21. Tash says:

    Nice little infographic, thanks 😀

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