Holiday Safety for Dogs

Updated On: Monday, November 22, 2021 16:22:53 PM America/Los_Angeles

Twinkling lights, scrumptious pies, exciting presents -- there’s a lot to be merry about during the holidays! But is it paw-sible that holiday dangers are closer to home than you think? Whether the dangers are outdoors or right under your own woof, take a moment to make sure you and your dog are ready to have a safe and happy holiday! 

Photo by Karsten Winegeart

So, what are some ways you can keep your dog safe? Here are common safety concerns that affect dogs during the holidays:

Holiday Meals

Holiday dishes are some of the yummiest, and you may find your dog visiting the dinner table a bit more frequently towards the end of the year. Prepare dog-safe versions of your meals ahead of time or have seasonal treats on hand so you can give in to those puppy dog eyes while keeping your furry one safe and satisfied. 

Seasonal Plants

There’s nothing like seeing festive greens indoors during the holidays. Luckily, most holiday flora such as poinsettias and pine are only mildly toxic when consumed. Nevertheless, keep them in harder to reach locations. Though ingestion likely won’t call for a trip to the ER, your dog may become nauseous or vomit after eating these plants. Others, like holly and mistletoe, can be quite toxic for dogs and should be reconsidered before being placed in the home. 

Cold Weather

If you have to leave your fur baby at home while you’re away at holiday events, be sure to keep their space toasty and have an indoor dog bathroom available so they don’t have to trek outdoors to go potty in the cold. A real grass pee pad is a great way to offer potty-trained dogs a taste of the outdoors when the weather outside is frightful. 

Electrical and Fire Hazards

Blow out candlesticks promptly if they are no longer needed and keep electrical cords for decor like string lights organized. If you have a doggo who’s enticed to chew on anything that resembles a rope, keep cords out of sight with large furniture. 


While walks in themselves aren’t dangerous, there are unsafe products that can end up on the routes you take your pup on. Sidewalk salt and antifreeze are two substances that are commonly found on streets during the colder months. Always wash and moisturize your dog’s paws after winter walks to make sure they don’t ingest unsafe chemicals or damage their skin. 


While your friendly pup may not be one to charge at unfamiliar visitors, people coming and going does mean there’s an increased likelihood of doors and gates being left open. During the holidays, when there’s a spike in visitors, be mindful of all entrances to reduce chances of your dog wandering into the streets.