Tis’ the Season.

The most wonderful time of the year is here! Here are some tips to keep your pets happy and safe during the season. Happy Paw-lidays!


  • Sweets- Candy (especially with sugar substitutes) can be toxic to animals, so keep candy somewhere they won’t be able to get into. Wrappers and foil can be a choking hazard.
  • Costumes- Don’t make your pet wear a costume unless you’re sure they enjoy it. A simple Halloween bandana can be a more comfortable alternative to a full costume.
  • Pet ID- Opening the door repeatedly for trick-or-treaters creates plenty of escape opportunities for your pet. Microchips are offered at San Diego Humane Society.


  • Plants- Certain flowers and festive plants can be toxic to pets so, make sure to keep your pets away from all plants and table decorations.
  • Trash- Food items such as turkey bones left unattended can result in an obstructive risk or gastrointestinal injury.
  • Stress- The noise from your guests can upset your pets so make sure your pets have a private area where it is quiet so they can retreat.


  • Candles- Beware, the Holiday of Lights can lead to problems if a lit Menorah is knocked over.
  • Chocolate- Chocolate gold coins, while tasty to us are toxic to pets!


  • Ornaments- Broken glass and swallowed ornaments can wreak chaos for a pet’s digestive tract. As well as a bite into a stand of lights cause a burn in their mouth or a dangerous build-up of fluid in their lungs.
  • Routine- The holidays brings activities that often change your daily routine. Make sure to keep your pet on their daily routine as they do not adapt easily to change.
  • Tree- Make sure to not put fertilizer or additives in your tree water as your pets may drink the water. Also consider some additional reinforcement to secure your tree.
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