East Bay SPCA Offers Holiday Pet Tips to Help People Keep Their Animals Happy and Safe!

Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — The holidays can be full of celebration and fun, but they can also pose a hazard for your pet. Holiday foods and items such as poinsettias, chocolate, and even snow globes can make your pet ill…or worse.

East Bay SPCA Veterinarian Dr. Gwen Gadd says, “Each holiday season we see beloved family pets because they drank treated Christmas tree water, shared grandma’s chocolate candy, or ate the decorations. Taking simple preventative steps can ensure you enjoy your holidays at home with your furry friends, rather than in the emergency room!” Please keep these simple holiday pet tips in mind and have a fun and safe holiday!

Decorations: Never leave your cat or dog unattended with a real Christmas tree in their reach. We recommend an artificial tree with soft needles. Real trees’ needles can become lodged between your pet’s paw pads or get caught in nostrils. Another bonus of having an artificial tree is that there is no need to water it, so your pet will avoid the temptation of drinking water that could make them ill. o    Avoid tinsel. It is very sharp and can get caught in your pet’s intestines if ingested. o    Secure electrical cords and outlets. Tape tree light cords to the wall and across the floor so dogs and cats don’t chew through them, which could lead to electrocution. o    Poison/toxic plants. Holiday plants such as mistletoe, holly, English ivy, lilies, and poinsettias are poisonous to pets and should never be within their reach. o    Candles. Flames or dripping wax can burn your pet, and are a fire hazard if your pet accidentally knocks them over. o    Snow Globes. Some snow globes can contain antifreeze, which is deadly to your pet.

Safe Holiday Snacks: While tempting, it is best to avoid feeding your pet table scraps. Bones can splinter and puncture the stomach or other digestive organs. Furthermore, indulging in holiday goodies can cause diarrhea and intestinal upsets. Keep some of your pet’s favorite treats on hand, and give him/her those instead. o    Bones and trimmings. Avoid giving your pet bones or fat trimmings. Bones are a hazard and can cause your pet to choke or experience severe pain (or worse) if lodged in their throat, or digestive tract. Fat trimmings are too rich and can cause digestive trouble, or even lead to pancreatitis! Small pieces of lean meat are okay, but just a little! o    Chocolate. Chocolate is toxic to our four-legged friends and should be kept out of reach and never fed to animals! o    Other toxic foods. Other toxic foods that may appear around the holidays include: onions, garlic, raisins, currants, grapes, macadamia nuts, chocolate, and candy (especially those containing xylitol such as gum).

The best thing you can do to protect your pet this holiday season is to become educated about common household items that could be poisonous or toxic for your pet. By pet-proofing your home and taking certain precautions, you can help keep your pet healthy and happy this holiday season!

Between Dec. 1-30 as part of East Bay SPCA's "Home for the Holidays" promotion, all animals with holiday-themed names have their adoption fee waived! ___________________________________________________

About East Bay SPCA The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a 501(c) 3 non profit committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. We operate two adoption centers and two spay/neuter centers in Oakland and Dublin. We also offer dog training classes and humane education programs at both locations and provide a full-service veterinary clinic at our Oakland location. Additionally, we offer dog boarding at our Dublin location. The East Bay SPCA is one of the nation’s oldest humane organizations, in operation since 1874, and receives no funding from any national organizations. More information about EBSPCA can be found at http://www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.


Laura Fulda
East Bay SPCA

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