Don’t Eat That! Holiday Foreign Objects that Can Harm Pets

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.


Turkey Talk

Dog Begging at ThanksgivingIt’s that time of year again! Sure, you want your pets to take part in the holiday festivities.  Make sure that you aren’t making a post-holiday vet visit, though, by avoiding the following:

  • Turkey bones- What may seem like a tasty treat could end up lodged in your pet’s intestines!
  • Bread dough- Raw bread dough can expand in your pet’s stomach and potentially cause a life-threatening emergency.
  • Raw foods- Pets can get salmonella just like the rest of us.  Undercooked meat and cookie batter are best served cooked.
  • Over-indulgence- While Turkey Day often results in loosening a notch on our belts, pets who have a little too much of a good thing may end up with stomach upset, diarrhea, or more serious conditions.

If your pet does end up eating something that he shouldn’t have, please contact us.