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Safe and Happy Holidays to All!

Wishing everyone happy holidays and a healthy new year! A few things to remember this season, RESCUE not RETAIL!  If you are thinking about adding a furry friend to your family, please adopt for your local shelter or rescue group.  There are a few days before Christmas and if you can find it in your heart to give a homeless pet the joy of family, please consider fostering.  It's a great way for pets to be relieved of the stress caused by shelter life.  Lastly, here are a list of items to avoid to keep your pets safe during this festive season (thanks to

Plants (all can cause stomach aches and/or diarrhea)

  • Holly
  • Christmas Cactus
  • Mistletoe
  • Poinsettias
  • Evergreen needles

Holiday Decorations

  • Ribbon/Yarn/String— can be ingested and cause intestinal obstruction and bunching of the intestine
  • Potpourri— dangerous oils
  • Candles— burning/fire hazard that need be placed out of animals reach
  • Tinsel— choking and possible intestinal obstruction
  • Low-hanging ornaments— fragile ornaments can tear the esophagus and intestine if ingested plus huge messes to clean up if you cat decided to have a heyday
  • Christmas lights and electrical cords— strangulation and electrocution hazard
  • Food on the tree (popcorn, candy canes, gingerbread people)— varying degrees of indigestion, diarrhea, and other digestive problems


  • Poultry bones— fragile and can splinter in the throat and intestinal tract
  • Uncooked yeast— can expand in the stomach, causing gastric problems and possible rupture – bloating is a serious health concern for dogs
  • Gravy— high fat content can lead to stomach aches and pancreatitis; often contains high levels of onion and garlic
  • Garlic/onions/chives/leeks— all can cause a fatal anemia
  • Grapes/raisins— both contain a toxin that can damage the kidneys
  • Macadamia nuts— contain a toxin that can damage the digestive system
  • Chocolate— contains theobromine, a central nervous system stimulant that may cause seizures, excessive urination (leading to dehydration), and heart damage.
  • Coffee/caffeine— contains toxin and reacts in a similar fashion to chocolate in animals.