Holiday Tips & Gift Ideas for All Pets

Holiday Tips  & Gift Ideas for All Pets

Pet proof your home during the holidays. Keep pets safe; prevent cat tree climbing, prevent accidental toxic ingestions, and cold weather concerns... read more

Spoiling Your Pet For Christmas !

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Holiday Tips  & Gift Ideas for All Pets

Variety of Christmas Toys Available for Dogs & Cats

Holiday Tips  & Gift Ideas for All Pets

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Holiday Tips  & Gift Ideas for All Pets

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Pet Proof Your Christmas Tree !

What type of tree do you have?

Real trees are very tempting for cats. They are fragrant and the pine needles are fun to chew on (thankfully, rarely poisonous). The tree trunk is very attractive to cats who like to scratch and sharpen their claws and for those that like to climb.

If your cat won't leave a real tree alone, consider an artificial tree and save the life of a tree. If you do get a real tree, avoid one that is really tall.  Tall trees could topple over more easily.

Placement of the Christmas tree

Put your tree in a spot that will allow plenty of free space on all sides of the tree to prevent giving your cat a launching point ( jumping off point) to attack the tree!

Use a sturdy base to secure the trunk. You may also try securing the tree from the top (to a ceiling hook) for additional bracing and support.

Pet-proofing the Christmas Tree

Here are a few ways to pet-proof your Christmas tree:

• When watering your real tree, prevent your pet from drinking the water, which may contain fertilizer or other chemicals by wrapping the base with plastic wrap. (Don’t worry, these are rarely toxic but can cause gastrointestinal upset.)

• Tinsel should NEVER be used in a household with cats. While tinsel isn’t poisonous, it can cause issues if swallowed by cats. Tinsel can get stuck around the base of the tongue or in the stomach. This could result in a life-threatening linier foreign body requiring an expensive surgery to fix.

• If you have a cat that likes to sharpen their claws, wrap the base with aluminum foil as cats hate the texture and crinkling sound. It may help to prevent them climbing up.

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Holiday Tips  & Gift Ideas for All Pets

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• Avoid dangling ornaments on the bottom quarter of the tree. Put special or breakable ornaments higher up on the tree and make sure they are well secured (try twist-ties, green pipe cleaner, or zip ties to secure ornaments). This will be less tempting for cats to play with and dogs to steal off the tree.

• If you have a curious puppy, kitten or cat, make sure to hide electrical cords for the Christmas lights as best you can. If they are accidentally bitten, it can result in severe burns in the mouth and even rare fluid accumulation within the lungs.  Cord protectors can be used to conceal loose wire/cords.   If you can't hide them, you may have to resort to spraying the exposed part of electrical cords with Bitter Apple Spray or the like may help prevent chewing. ( This is something we can order in for you if it is needed.)

• We do advise pet owners to turn off the Christmas lights and unplug the cords when pets are unsupervised.

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Keep Holiday Hazards Out of Your Pets Reach

Many people like to bake holiday treats and give the gift of chocolate at Christmas time. Dogs are pretty good at sniffing out the boxes under the tree with something sweet inside or surfing counters/table tops for holiday cookies and candies.

List of Toxic Foods/Plants

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Chocolate - Chocolate can be toxic to dogs, especially in the case of very dark, rich cocoas that we often use during the holidays. Like most of us, dogs don’t seem to understand the meaning of moderation when it comes to sweets this time of year. Keep these treats in sealed containers hidden away in the cupboards and wrapped boxes of chocolates out of reach.

Coffee and Caffeine

Coconut and coconut oil  - Coconut water is high in potassium and should not be given to your pet.

Grapes and Raisins

Macadamia and other nuts

Milk and milk products

Onion, garlic, and chives

Bones can splinter or get stuck

Raw eggs and undercooked meat can have salmonella


Yeast Dough

Avoid Mistletoe & Holly  -When ingested, it can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset (vomiting/diarrhea) and cardiovascular problems.  Some varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.

Batteries - Many children’s toys require batteries to run. Keep batteries out of your pets reach, some have been known to accidently ingest them. Swallowed batteries (some are more harmful than others) can result in severe necrosis to the gastrointestinal tract or esophagus within 15-30 minutes of contact.

Human Table Scraps -Avoid feeding your pet the Leftovers from holiday gatherings. Fatty, spicy and greasy human foods, as well as bones, should not be fed to your pet. Pets can become ill with painful pancreatitis and may need to be medically treated.

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Pet Poison Hotline Phone Numbers

Keep these numbers handy !

Pet Poision Helpline 1-(855)-764-7661 ASPCA

Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number:   1- (888) 426-4435

How Cold Is Too Cold ?

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What Outside Winter Temperature Can Harm My Pet?


Pay attention to the weather channel to help keep your pet from frost bite due to prolonged exposure. Limit their time outdoors when temperatures are low. Use warm sweaters , coats and dog booties if your pet will allow it to help keep them warm.

While your feet may be warm and protected in your winter boots, pavement is very cold on your dogs bare food pads. Keep moving and keep walks short on cold days.

Keep your dogs feet clean from sidewalk salt. Store a bottle of waterless-shampoo spray ( we stock this item) and a cloth by the front door for when you return from a walk to help remove salt from your pets feet. This will help prevent your pet from licking and ingesting salt which could make them sick.

We hope this information will help you and other pet owners keep their pet safe during the winter holiday season. Please share this information with your friends and family. Keep pets safe!


Should you have any questions or need veterinary care for your pet during the holiday season, please give us a call at 519-624-9760.

Holiday Tips  & Gift Ideas for All Pets

Outside of our business hours please call the emergency veterinary clinic of waterloo region 519-650-1617