As your family members—two- and four-legged—gather around the fire on Christmas Eve, the time-honored tale, “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” sets the tone for a perfect evening. However, pets can make a peaceful holiday more a Christmas wish than reality. Our Otay Pet Vets team can’t help but look at the holiday—Christmas stories included— through a veterinary lens, and this classic reminds us of all the holiday hazards waiting to befall curious pets.
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse
This idyllic scene is less than likely in a household with mischievous pets. Stirring—and much naughtier behavior—can lead to a number of pet emergencies. While you rest comfortably, or are preoccupied during the holiday hubbub, your pet may take the opportunity to get into trouble. To prevent an unexpected trip to Otay Pet Vets, watch for the following holiday hazards:
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there
Stockings can be stuffed with a number of holiday hazards, from chocolate treats to small toys, that can endanger your curious pet. And, the plateful of cookies for Santa is a disaster in the making. Look around your decorated house, to see if your pet can get their paws on any of these hazards:
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads
Your kids aren’t the only ones dreaming of holiday foods. Your pet has been watching—and drooling—while you cook, bake, and prepare for the big meal. But, many holiday foods can lead to a pet emergency, including:
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Hopefully, your pet’s antics will alert you before they get into real trouble. However, if your pet steals sugar-free gum from a stocking, or chews on your holiday centerpiece, Otay Pet Vets is here to help—contact us. Happy holidays!
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”