A Merry & Safe Christmas: Navigating the Festivities with Your Pets

Written by: Dr. Cherice Roth


The yuletide season is upon us, bringing its signature blend of warmth, joy, and vibrant festivities. Christmas is undeniably magical with its twinkling lights, aromatic treats, and the hum of carols. But amidst this enchantment, our dogs and cats may encounter potential risks that can dampen the holiday cheer. As we deck the halls and await Santa's sleigh, let's ensure the Christmas season remains jolly for our pets.

#1 Pet Holiday Safety Starts with the Christmas Tree

The centerpiece of many homes during this season is the sparkling Christmas tree. But for our cats and dogs, this might appear as a large playground. Ensure the Christmas tree is securely anchored to prevent it from toppling over during a playful chase or an impromptu climbing expedition by your feline friend. Christmas ornaments, particularly the shiny and glittering ones, can be tempting playthings. Place fragile and potentially hazardous Christmas ornaments out of reach, and be wary of tinsel. If ingested, it can lead to severe intestinal issues. As always, contact your vet immediately if your pet ingests any Christmas ornaments or decorations.

dog sleeping under the Christmas tree

#2 Serve Up a Pet-Safe and Tasty Christmas Feast

Christmas feasts are a gastronomic delight, but not all our indulgences are safe for pets. Foods like chocolate, grapes, raisins, and certain nuts can be toxic to them. Alcohol and caffeine, sometimes found in festive drinks, are equally dangerous. It's best to keep any food and drinks out of paw's reach. Consider treating your pet to Yummers Taste of the Season Bundle to include them in the fun while ensuring a safe and delicious Christmas feast.

#3 Keep an Eye on Gifts and Toys

Gifts nestled under the tree bring joy but can also hide potential dangers for our pets. Batteries, often used in toys and gadgets, can be lethal if chewed or swallowed. Similarly, small toy parts can pose choking hazards. Always supervise playtime if your pet gets a new toy for Christmas, and ensure it's appropriate for their size and temperament. While everyone unwraps their presents, surprise your pet with a treat ball filled with their favorite Yummers mix-in to keep their mind busy while family and friends celebrate.

#4 Watch Out for Plants and Decór

Candles, poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe add to Christmas's cozy ambiance. But these need to be approached with caution when pets are around. Lit candles can be knocked over, leading to potential accidents, so placing them in secure locations is best. Many kitty patients of mine come into the hospital with tail burns or melted whiskers due to their natural curiosity. Be sure to have any pets supervised if an open flame is around. While poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe bring festive color, they can be toxic if ingested by pets. If using these plants, ensure they're placed in areas inaccessible to your curious companions.

Holiday cat

#5 Put Your Pet’s Mind at Ease

The hustle and bustle might be overwhelming for some pets in the whirl of festivities. The influx of guests, sounds, and changes to routine can lead to stress. Designate a quiet, cozy spot where your pet can retreat if the celebrations become too intense. Include their favorite toys, a cozy bed, Yummers, and anything else they need to relax during the festivities.

As we immerse ourselves in the Christmas spirit, a sprinkle of caution and preparation ensures that the festivities remain delightful for everyone, including our pets. Here's to a season filled with love, laughter, crave-worthy Yummers food and mix-ins, and our cherished companions’ reassuring purrs and wagging tails.

Dr. Cherice Roth

Dr. Cherice Roth

Dr. Roth is a practicing veterinarian with a background in telemedicine and a passion for equitable access to veterinary care for all pets. She knows how vitally important mealtime is for pets and shares Yummers' devotion to giving them what they want and need.