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Holiday Pet Safety

The cold of the winter months is warmed with holiday celebrations. Sadly, the holiday season is a peak time for veterinary clinics seeing emergency cases. This holiday season, make holiday pet safety a priority with these helpful tips.

Have a Plan

Before an emergency comes up, make sure you know how to get to your 24/7 emergency veterinary clinic. Ask your regular veterinarian in advance about any emergency clinic recommendations they may have. You should also plan your travel route to the emergency clinic, so you're not struggling to find it when tensions are high in a stressful situation.

You should also always have these numbers readily available:

  • Pet Poison Helpline: 855-764-7661

  • ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 888-426-4435

  • 24/7 emergency veterinary clinic

  • Your regular veterinarian (if different)

Be Mindful of Human Food

Like any time of year, your pets should not consume human food. During the holiday season, people want to share treats with their pets. If you want to involve your pets in the festivities, consider purchasing seasonal treats made special for them.

Here are a few of the common holiday human food items that should never be given to your pets:

  • Yeast dough

  • Grapes/raisins

  • Onions

  • Gravy

  • Meat fat

  • Turkey/turkey skin

  • Sweets

  • Chocolate

  • Xylitol (artificial sweetener)


Call your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency clinic immediately if you believe your pet has been poisoned or eaten something it shouldn't have. You can also call the Pet Poison Helpline (855-764-7661) or the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline (888-426-4435).

Keep an Eye on Decorations

Decorations like your Christmas tree, lights, and greenery, pose dangerous temptations for our pets. Keep an eye on these festive holiday decorations to avoid safety concerns with your pet:

  • Potpourri

  • Candles

  • Flowers/festive plants (holly, cedar, pine, balsam, mistletoe, amaryllis)

  • Electric lights

  • Tinsel

  • Ornaments

  • Christmas trees

Know How to Safely Host Company

We’ve discussed house guests and pets and the stress it can put on our furry friends. Keep a few tips in mind when it comes to safely hosting company this holiday season:

  • Take out trash as often as possible

  • Clear food from tables and counters

  • Make sure your pets have ID tags and microchips

  • Keep a close eye on exits

  • Put nervous pets in another room or safe crate with distractions

  • Let your guests know about pets

  • Find out if your guests are bringing pets

  • Make sure your pets have a quiet retreat

Help Ease Holiday Stress in Your Pets with Aloha Veterinary Acupuncture

There is no denying the benefits of veterinary acupuncture when it comes to developing pain management plans for your pets, but did you know it can also be an effective stress management technique as well, especially through the chaotic holiday season?

If you are interested in learning more about how veterinary acupuncture can help your pet, Dr. Kho is happy to discuss your concerns with you and determine whether your pet may benefit from acupuncture treatments.

Ultimately, the goal is to help your loved one have the best quality of life with you, and if you are unsure if they may be suffering from chronic pain, Aloha Veterinary Acupuncture can help!

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