A dog wearing costume antlers

Pets, and dogs in particular, like to explore the world with their mouths. This is especially true when the items smell and look like food. Holiday foreign body dangers not only include people food, but also the ornaments and decorations that are popular this time of year. 

Since it’s easy to get distracted by the hustle and bustle and bustle of holiday entertaining, being aware of potential dangers to your pet can help you avoid a disaster. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are here with a list of some of the more common decorations that can harm pets, so you can create a pet safe holiday.

Holiday Decor Don’ts

The glitter, sparkle, and shine of holiday decorations can have an appeal to us. We love the ambience of candlelight and tabletop displays, but some of these things can pose a threat to curious pets.

  • Manger scene displays with small pieces (choking hazards)
  • Advent calendars (choking hazards, toxic food)
  • Snow globes 
  • Miniature train set-ups with small pieces (choking, ingestion)
  • Lit candles
  • Glass and crystal decor
  • String lights (can be chewed on by small mammals)

Keep these items in a room that is off-limits to pets, and string lights up high, away from animals who like to chew (rabbits, guinea pigs, etc.) to avoid electrical shock.

Oh-No, Ornaments!

There are plenty of things that are placed on holiday trees that a pet can be a little too fond of. Sure, your cat may want to climb it, and most dogs can’t help but wag those bulbs right off the branch, but there are other dangerous decorations that you need to be aware of. 

  • Tree water (contains chemicals from the tree itself, as well as added preservation chemicals)
  • Glass bulbs (breakable)
  • Tiny decorations that can be eaten
  • Edible decorations (may contain toxic ingredients)
  • Tinsel and popcorn string (one of the primary causes of pet emergencies)
  • Curling ribbon (can be ingested and cause a serious obstruction in GI tract)
  • Gifts that contain food or items that have a scent (candles, potpourri, etc)
  • Playdough ornaments (high level of salt)

Other Foreign Objects that Can Harm Pets

There are several items on your holiday dinner table or in your living room that can prove to be choking hazards. Watch out for:

  • Corn cobs
  • Bones
  • Foil
  • Tape
  • Bows
  • Small toys
  • Batteries

We hope this list of foreign body dangers will help you keep your pet safe this season. With some precaution and awareness, you can keep the dazzle and wonder of the season, all while protecting your furry ones.

For more information about foreign objects that can harm pets, please do not hesitate to call us. Happy holidays!