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101 Things You Didn't Know Could Harm Your Pet

101 Things
You Didn't Know Could Harm Your Pet

Holiday Dangers

Holidays bring lots of fun and joy, but they can also bring potential safety problems for your pets. For instance, holiday celebrations can involve champagne or other alcoholic beverages, which should always be kept away from pets. Check our list of harmful foods to help make sure your pet doesn’t ingest anything toxic during the holidays.

In addition, these times of year can be noisy and hectic with lots of extra people around. Be careful that your pet doesn’t scoot out the door when you’re letting guests in or out. In addition, you may want to set up a warm and quiet space with food, water, and a favorite blanket where your pet can retreat and relax alone.

You may also want to consider giving your pet the gift of protection. ASPCA Pet Health Insurance can help you afford quality veterinary care for your pet. We even have plans that cover alternative therapies, like acupuncture and chiropractic care! Learn more now.

Valentine’s Day

  • 80. Flowers
  • 81. Boxes of chocolate


  • 82. Fake grass
  • 83. Small toys

4th of July

  • 84. Fireworks


  • 85. Candles
  • 86. Halloween treats
  • 87. Chewable costumes


  • 88. Turkey bones
  • 89. Hot containers


Holiday trees brighten up the holidays, but as you can see from this list, they can pose many dangers for your pet. So what should you do? Start by making sure your tree is stable and can’t get knocked over onto your pet. Secure wires and light strands, so your pet can’t trip over or get caught in them. Don’t let your cat or dog play with ornaments, which can break and cause injuries. Also, keep your pet from drinking tree water because it can contain harmful bacteria or fertilizing chemicals.

  • 90. Festive plants
  • 91. Holiday tree
  • 92. Light strands
  • 93. Tree water
  • 94. Ornaments
  • 95. Decoration hooks
  • 96. Ribbons
  • 97. Styrofoam
  • 98. Yuletide fire

New Year’s

Balloons make great decorations, but don’t make good toys for pets. Pets can get hurt or scared if they pop, and possibly choke on or swallow the fragments. Balloon ribbons can also be a problem, particularly for cats who tend to enjoy chasing and chewing on them. Ingesting ribbon can cause vomiting or intestinal blockages.

  • 99. Balloons
  • 100. Confetti
  • 101. Champagne

Real Story+

“On Christmas morning, my Border Collie mix, Norman, who is usually very healthy began to vomit. I rushed him to the emergency clinic where he was admitted.

I spent my entire Christmas Day worrying about him. I also thought of the expense, but remembered that I had ASPCA Pet Health Insurance.

He was OK, but the bill was $1,100. Luckily, I submitted my forms and a nice check came soon in the mail. I was so happy to get reimbursed so quickly, especially at that time of year. ”

— Darlene B., Norfolk, CT

*Sources: ASPCA.org and internal claims data. For details or a copy, contact jennifer.s@hartvillegroup.com.

+Customer stories are examples of recent claim payouts. Reimbursement is subject to the terms and conditions of your plan. Identifying information has been changed.

This is not a complete description of all coverage terms, conditions, and limitations; see your plan for a full description. Issuance of coverage is subject to underwriting. Discounts are subject to eligibility requirements. Specific products, features, and discounts may vary and may not be available in all states. Rates and coverage subject to change.

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