How To Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season

The cheerful holiday season is here! Before pulling out the tinsel and delicate ornaments to decorate your Christmas tree please take a moment to read our blog on how to keep your furry friends jolly and SAFE during the holidays.

We all know that our furry family members love to lick and chew, and it can be quite surprising to find out just how many holiday items find their way into their mouths. Here are a few different items that you might want to consider keeping far out of your furry family member’s reach:

Tinsel & Ribbon

Tinsel sure looks pretty as it’s shimmering from the branches of our Christmas trees, and our cats think so too!  This is commonly used to decorate our tree over the holidays and can be very dangerous if ingested. It can become tangled in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract which can be fatal if left untreated.


Ornaments can look a lot similar to the toys we give to our dogs for fetching and chewing; it’s a bit of a no brainer why our four legged friends might be intrigued by the sparkly decorations hanging off our Christmas trees and decide to help themselves to one or two. These fragile ornaments can cause severe medical concerns once swallowed so keep this in mind when decorating your Christmas tree, and consider placing them higher up on your tree where your pet can’t reach.

Turkey Bones

Turkey bones can cause serious injury to your pet if chewed or ingested. Cooked bones often splinter and break, while both cooked and uncooked bones can get stuck in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract leading to blockages and emergency foreign body surgery.


Lighting a candle or two gives any room an instant holiday glow, but when left unattended candles can burn your pet or start a fire if they are accidentally knocked over. Make sure that you place your candles on proper candle holders, stable surfaces away from your pet, and that they are put out when you leave the room/house or go to bed.

Snow Globes

These circular displays are the quintessential winter decorative pieces. That being said, they can be potentially harmful for your furry pals. Snow globes are easily breakable and broken glass can damage your pet’s mouth, throat and stomach once swallowed. Antifreeze, which most snow globes contain, is also lethal for cats. It’s best to keep snow globes in a secure display area that your pet cannot get to.  

Wrapping Paper

Preparing presents for your loved ones is one of the best parts of this time of year and wrapping paper is a great way to show off your creativity. Whenever you are done wrapping or opening your gifts, please make sure to keep wrapping paper and ribbons away from your pets. If your pet eats these materials, it can cause gastrointestinal problems. They are also choking hazards for your pets. 

Sweet Treats

Chocolate is a well-known toxic dessert for our furry friends. In reality, most food that have sugar can be potentially dangerous for dogs, cats and other pets so it is best to avoid them altogether. Sugar (and the sugar substitute xylitol found in “sugar-free” foods) can cause stomach pain, pancreatitis, live failure and other serious health issues in your furry family member. Treats made specifically for pets are the safest option.  Let other people know in your household about your no-sweets rule for your pets, and try to keep your pet away from the food table at all times. 

Festive Plants 

Plants add warmth to any space and certain varieties have become Christmastime staples. Unfortunately, many of these plants are toxic for your pet and can cause serious reactions such as upset stomach, slowed heartbeat, vomiting, diarrhea and even kidney failure. Some of the plants that you should avoid are poinsettia, mistletoe, ivy, lilies, amaryllis and holly. 

Fairy Lights 

Whether on your tree, doorways or other areas of your home, it’s important to double check that your Christmas lights are securely fastened and that electrical wiring are out of reach from your pets. While an electric shock can be nothing but uncomfortable for us humans, furry friends are particularly vulnerable to electrocution, and can sustain serious burns and internal organ damage from shocks.  

To prevent a visit to your nearest emergency veterinary hospital please be mindful this holiday season when decking the halls of your home.

Have a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays from Petroglyph Animal Hospital!


How To Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250-754-8822. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:45 am - 5:00 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.


Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Petroglyph Animal Hospital