The holiday season is one of joyous reunions with family, childlike wonder at the beauty of holiday decorations and invigorating walks in snow-covered wonderlands. At Cascade Animal Clinic, we want to remind owners that pets share our fun and excitement at this time of the year.

However, the holidays can harbor hazards to our pets.

  • Decorations can be dangerous if ingested and fragile ornaments can break and cut inquisitive cat paws. Ribbon and bows are attractive to cats, but can tie up the intestine if swallowed.
  • All those yummy special holiday foods can upset the bellies of dogs. Keep them away from low tables where they can be snatched!
  • Beautiful seasonal flowers like lilies, poinsettia, mistletoe and holly can be poisonous, if not downright deadly. Keep them high off the ground away from pets.

Pit Bull puppy sleeping in santa hat
grey kitten on red fabric

  • As guests arrive, your pet may scoot out the door. Make sure your pet has proper identification and a microchip in case your pet inadvertently escapes.
  • Outdoor pets need proper shelter from the elements. Many older dogs suffer from arthritis during the winter months, and providing supplemental warmth can keep their old joints more limber and less painful.
  • Sanding and de-icing agents can be irritating to your pet's paws, and one lick of spilled antifreeze can be fatal to your pet.

With a few precautions, you and your pet can enjoy a wonderful and happy holiday season. Best wishes from Cascade Animal Clinic to all of our clients, four-legged and two-legged.

Holiday Pet Hazards

kitten under christmas tree