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Holiday Hazards for Dogs

Happy Holidays! As the holiday season ramps up into full swing, many of us are busy cooking, decorating, and shopping. It’s always wonderful to catch up with friends and family members, and enjoy some quality time over a delicious meal. However, this can be a dangerous season for Man’s Best Friend! If you have a dog, you’ll want to be sure to keep Fido’s safety in mind. Read on as a local Fort Collins, CO vet lists some holiday hazards for dogs.


Fido definitely has a healthy appetite, and will gladly help you sample new recipes. Your canine friend definitely deserves a yummy treat, but be sure to only give him foods that are safe for him. Some of the things to avoid include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; pitted fruits, especially avocados; nuts; chocolate; caffeine; alcohol; grapes, currants, and raisins; raw foods; and anything containing xylitol. Meat on the bone is another no-no, as cooked bones are quite brittle and can break easily. This can cause serious internal injuries! To get that tail wagging, give your pup some plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry, without the bones, skin, or fat.


Decorations really give your home a special look, but they can be dangerous to dogs. Trees are one hazard. Tinsel, ribbons, lights, and garlands pose serious risk of choking and entangling your pooch. The water is also dangerous, as it could contain toxic residues from pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals. Fido can also hurt himself by stepping on or playing with ornament hooks or fragile ornaments.


If you use your fireplace, be sure to put a protective grate on it. Also, keep candles and potpourri burners in high, secure spots, where your pup can’t reach them.


Man’s Best Friend definitely isn’t shy about looking through the garbage in the hopes of snagging some leftovers. After a big holiday feast, the trash could contain toothpicks, bones, tin foil, can lids, and many other hazards. Use a garbage can with a secure lid.


Cold weather is just as hard on our canine buddies as it is for us. Limit Fido’s outdoor time on frigid days. If your furry friend has thin fur, get him a doggy sweater or jacket to keep him warm.

Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your local Fort Collins, CO animal hospital, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs!

Fall Care for Fido

Fall is a beautiful time of year here in Colorado. The crisp weather, changing foliage, and seasonal trappings all have their own special charm. Unfortunately, autumn can also be quite dangerous for our canine pals. A Fort Collins, CO vet discusses fall care for dogs in this article.


This is a beautiful time of year to take a long, relaxing stroll with your furry buddy. Just be sure to avoid areas where wild animals may be lurking. Many animals are preparing to hibernate at this time of year, and could be grumpier than usual.

Household Dangers

In autumn, many people fill their cars with antifreeze, and also prep their lawns and gardens for winter by adding fertilizers and other products. This is also a popular time of year for people to set out pesticides and rodenticides. These chemicals are all highly toxic to dogs, so take care not to expose your pet to them.


Autumn’s weather is great for playing Fetch with Fido. Just don’t let your furry pal play in leaf piles, as sometimes snakes or other wild animals make nests in them. Mold and bacteria are also a concern.


Halloween is one of the most popular holidays, so it’s no wonder people like to get their pets involved. If you put your pup in a costume, make sure it doesn’t restrict his movements or vision, and isn’t itchy or uncomfortable. Avoid anything with small parts that Fido may try to eat. We also recommend keeping your dog indoors as much as possible near the autumn holiday, as the increased traffic can be both dangerous and upsetting to dogs. Last but not least, keep all candles, decorations, and candy well out of paw’s reach.

Fall Cleaning

This is a great time of year to go through your dog’s belongings, and get rid of anything that is old or worn. If Fido wears sweaters, make sure they are all clean and that they still fit him well. Give your canine pal’s bedding a good cleaning, too. When you start getting winter supplies, choose pet-friendly deicing products.


Some dogs may need to eat a bit more in cold weather. Ask your vet for specific advice on Fido’s winter diet.

Please contact us, your Fort Collins, CO vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. We’re here to help!