Holiday Household Pet Tips

Holidays are in full swing. As you get ready to decorate for the season, pull out the blankets for these cold nights, and dress your pup up in his best winter gear, don’t forget to keep an eye on the items in your house that are dangerous to dogs and cats.

Top 6 Household Threats To Your Pet

  1. Gum – the sweetener in gum, xylitol, can be lethal to dogs and cause a dangerous drop in blood sugar. When your friends and family come over for the holidays, make sure to put their coats and bags in a room where your pet can’t go and snoop through the pockets and accidentally eat some gum.
  2. Tinsel – cats tend to chew on tinsel and play with it. Eating this stuff can cause intestinal issues such an inflammation of the stomach lining. Keep tinsel and ribbons away from pets, or think about using something else to decorate the tree this year.
  3. Chocolate – dogs tend to love eating chocolate, licking the glass of soda, and slurping your coffee. The problem is these items contain methylxanthine which can cause major problems in the stomach and abnormal heart rates. Keep the treats far away from your pet.
  4. Non-stick/Teflon cookware – After baking or making some yummy foods, make sure that the pots and pans are in the sink or dishwasher and that your house is well-ventilated.The chemicals released into the air from non-stick cookware can harm pet birds, causing breathing issues and fluid buildup. Maybe try using stainless steel or glassware. It’s also better for you.
  5. Bones and leftovers – poultry bones can splinter if your pet chews on them. The splinters can poke the stomach lining or harm their throat. Throw those bones away! As for leftovers, some of our foods will have spices and seasoning that can cause digestive issues in our pets. No leftovers for Max.
  6. Electrical cords – rabbits, dogs, and cats may chew on cords which means they could be electrocuted. Tape down the cords, hide them, or cover them up as best you can. Some house ware stores sell a plastic tube that you can wrap around wires. If you put up a Christmas tree, use a tree skirt to hide the wires.

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Upcoming Dog Events in California

Though the season is slowing down with having tons of dog events, there are still a select few to attend in California in the next few weeks. Many of them are holiday-themed and fundraisers, so your pet can help you get in the spirit!


Great Danes Playdays

Old Port Beach

Avila Beach, California

November 7

The Gentle Giants club hosts a Great Dane gathering on the beach every first Saturday of the month. It will go on from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. Gentle Giants Rescue is a national organization that rescues big breed dogs.

Santa Paws Holiday Auction

Miner’s Foundry

Nevada City, California

November 21

This event will occur from 6:00-10:00 PM, and is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. It is a benefit for AnimalSave, and its programs, such as neuter/spay programs, foster adoption programs and cat nap rooms. Tickets are available at Animal Save Thrift Store, Briarpatch Co-Op in Grass Valley and Harmony Books in Nevada City.

Pet Photos with Santa

Family Tails Photography

Redwood City, California

November 28, 29; December 5,6

Of course your pets need a photo with Santa this holiday season! It costs $40 for five photos on a disc, and you can easily then print out as many photos as you please. The photos will be taken on a first come, first serve basis, so no appointments are necessary. You can go on any one of those four listed dates from 12:00 PM-4:00 PM. Family Tails Photography is a professional pet photography studio.


Holiday Hounds Dog Parade

Palomar College to Civic Center

San Marcos, California

December 6

This dog and owner march is part of the traditional San Marcos holiday parade. It is $5 to enter and march with your dog. It is a two mile parade route, and you are welcome to dress up your dog in holiday fashion. You are required to register in advance in order to participate in such festivities. You are required to get to the check in table no later than noon, and the parade shall kick off at 12:30. Dogs will be grouped according to size. Dogs must be up to date with any vaccinations and have an identification. The parade should be over by 2:00 PM.