A Safe Holiday For Your Pets

We are happily at the start of the 2013 holiday season! People are scurrying to put up decorations, compiling economically-friendly gift lists and penciling in parties and gatherings on their calendars. Smitten with holiday cheer, it is easy to overlook the safety needs of our dear pets. To ensure a safe holiday season for your pawed children, please keep the items listed below completely out of the reach of your pet’s paw and muzzle. Pet toxin categories below include food, decorations, plants, and other.


  • Alcohol 
  • Avocado 
  • Bones (Especially chicken and turkey) 
  • Broccoli 
  • Caffeine (Coffee, coffee beans, coffee grounds, tea, soda, chocolate, etc.)   
  • Chocolate 
  • Cigarettes/Cigars (Nicotine)   
  • Coins (Especially pennies)   
  • Corn on the cob 
  • Egg and egg white (Raw)   
  • Fatty foods 
  • Fish (Raw)   
  • Fruit pits 
  • Garlic 
  • Grapes 
  • Mushrooms 
  • Nutmeg 
  • Nuts 
  • Onion   
  • Potatoes (Including peels and green potatoes)   
  • Raisins 
  • Rhubarb leaves 
  • Salt 
  • Seeds 
  • Sugar (Including honey and corn syrup)   
  • Xylitol   
  • Yeast dough (Uncooked) 


  • Candles (lit)
  • Corded lights (All – including LED and bubble lights)   
  • Faux berries   
  • Garland (tinsel, popcorn, beaded)   
  • Holiday picks with tiny, chewable pieces used to adorn wreaths 
  • Ornaments (Glass and plastic)   
  • Ribbon and cord used to tie packages 
  • Tinsel 
  • Window candles (Electric and battery powered) 


  • Amaryllis 
  • Cedar 
  • Christmas cactus 
  • Cyclamen 
  • Hibiscus 
  • Holly 
  • Hops 
  • Ivy 
  • Jequirity bean 
  • Jerusalem cherry 
  • Lily 
  • Mistletoe 
  • Pine needles 
  • Poinsettia
  • Star of Bethlehem 
  • Yew 


  • Aluminum foil 
  • Antifreeze 
  • Cellophane 
  • Cleaners (Household and Laundry)   
  • Christmas tree water 
  • Electrical cords 
  • Fireplaces (burning without proper screening)   
  • Ice melt/salt 
  • Medicine (All -OTC and prescription)   
  • Power strips 

For more information about why the items listed above are injurious to your pet, please check out the following online source articles for this post:


Should you have a pet emergency, please contact your veterinarian or the nearest St. Louis Animal Emergency Clinic to you.

South: (314) 822-7600, 9937 Big Bend Road, 63122, St. Louis. Open 24 hours.
North: (636) 240-5496, 336 Fort Zumwalt Square, St. Charles. Open 24 hours.

Webster Groves Animal Hospital is also now open 24 hours a day.
(314) 968-4310, 8028 Big Bend Blvd, St Louis, MO 63119