Reminders for a Pet-Friendly Holiday

Whether you’re staying in Arizona or traveling to a winter wonderland, the safety of you and your pet is always our greatest concern. Having a pet to join you on your travels or for holiday celebrations is a wonderful thing, but it also requires responsibility and careful planning to ensure their comfort. Read our animal hospital’s pet holiday safety tips below!

Holiday Pet Safety in Glendale: A White Dog Sits Next to a Present, Pine Cones, and Tinsel

If You’re Traveling

Wherever you go, if your pet is going with you, they’ll need to meet a number of requirements in order to travel. Depending on the state (or country) you’re traveling to, your pet will need to be up-to-date on their vaccinations and must be negative for any parasites. We recommend looking into what is required by your destination country/state/city. Your pet should be taking parasite preventatives all year-round.

A microchip is generally mandatory for any pet that will be traveling. Make sure your pet is chipped and that you have registered your contact information and chip number with the company that manufactures the microchip.

If you’ll be driving with your pet, keep them on a secure leash or in a secure carrier, and make sure they have food and water available during the trip if they need it. If your pet gets car sick or has anxiety, be sure to speak with your veterinarian before the trip so they can provide you with a medication or supplement to help your pet relax.

Holiday Pet Safety in Glendale: A Kitten Plays with an Ornament on a Christmas Tree

Holiday Safety Hazards

There are various foods, decorations, and plants your pet needs to avoid for their own safety during the holidays.


  • Chocolate/hot cocoa/cocoa powder/baker’s chocolate
  • Alcohol, beer, wine, grape juice, liquor
  • Garlic, onions, chives, and leeks
  • Walnuts, pecans, Macadamia nuts, and pistachios
  • Grapes, raisins, and currants
  • Meat bones (any kind can be dangerous)
  • Butter, grease, yeast/uncooked dough
  • Sugar-free candies and baked goods (may contain xylitol, a highly toxic sugar substitute)


  • Tinsel, ribbon, wire, and string
  • Light bulbs and electrical cords
  • Candles
  • Glass ornaments and metal hooks
  • Flocking, angel hair, and fake snow


  • Holly and mistletoe (mistletoe can be fatal if ingested)
  • Poinsettia (mildly toxic, can cause vomiting/diarrhea)
  • Jerusalem cherry (fruits are highly toxic)
  • Pine/Christmas tree (pine is very toxic for cats, and pine needles can be very dangerous to pets if swallowed)

Whether or not your pet is notorious for eating everything in sight, it’s important to keep things out of their reach if they’re liable to cause harm. If you keep a Christmas tree in your home, make sure it is securely anchored in its tree stand and keep the tree water covered. Positioning the tree in a cozy corner will also make it less likely to be knocked over. Keep lights and ornaments off the lower branches of the tree.

If you have any questions about preparing your pet for travel or keeping your home pet-friendly during the holidays, you’re more than welcome to call us at
(623) 889-7090.