Media Release: Keeping pets safe during the holidays


(Saskatoon – December 18, 2018) The Saskatchewan SPCA would like to remind pet owners to keep their pets safe during the holiday season.

Foods such as chocolate and treats sweetened with xylitol (gum, some peanut butters, baked goods), grapes, and raisins can cause dogs and cats to fall ill. Other foods, including macadamia nuts, onions, garlic, chives, and salty snack foods also pose health risks for pets. Alcohol may lead to severe health complications, including coma and death.

Avoid giving your pet turkey bones as these bones could become a choking hazard or do damage to internal organs.

When it comes to decorations, properly secure Christmas trees to avoid injuries from a falling evergreen. Ensure plants such as poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly are kept out of reach as these plants may cause pets to experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Keep electrical cords tucked away to prevent pets from chewing on dangling wires. Prevent pets from swallowing batteries by placing batteries in a secure storage space.

Finally, candles should be placed in a location that is inaccessible to pets. If you leave the room, ensure the candle’s flame has been extinguished. This will prevent burn injuries and fire.

Following these steps will help to ensure the safety of our furry companions throughout the holidays and beyond.


For more information, please contact: Josh Hourie, Community Relations Coordinator Saskatchewan SPCA 306-382-7726 |

Established in 1928, the Saskatchewan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Saskatchewan SPCA) is the provincial voice on animal welfare. Major program areas include a voluntary registration program for animal rescues, animal safekeeping, humane education, and the Stryker Care Fund for retired police dogs. We continue to advocate for improved animal welfare legislation and raise awareness of the human-animal bond.

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