- Chocolate - Depending on the amount ingested, chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, hyperactivity, increased thirst and urination, and an increased heart rate.
- Gum - Candies or gum containing the sweetener xylitol can cause a drop in blood sugar, resulting in depression, loss of coordination and seizures.
- Leftovers - Bones can splinter and cause blockages. Greasy, spicy, and fatty foods can cause an upset stomach.
- Alcohol - Alcohol can cause a pet to go into a coma, possibly resulting in death from respiratory failure.
- Aluminum foil - Aluminum foil and cellophane wrappers can cause vomiting and intestinal blockage.
- Lilies - Toxic lilies can cause kidney failure in cats.
- Mistletoe - Mistletoe and holly berries can cause gastrointestinal upset (vomiting, nausea, diarrhea), cardiovascular problems and lethargy.
- Poinsettias - Considered very low in toxicity, poinsettias might cause mild vomiting or nausea.
- Christmas tree water - Christmas tree water may contain fertilizers that can upset a pet's stomach. Stagnant water can also be a breeding ground for bacteria.
- Decorations - Decorations like ribbon or tinsel can become lodged in intestines and cause an obstruction.
What brings you and your family joy over the holidays could be deadly for your pet. Below is a list of holiday items and the symptoms they cause if they're ingested. As you're celebrating with your family this holiday season, be mindful of the items below and keep your pet out of harm's way.