Pet Owners Should Be Mindful Of Holiday Hazards


Beautiful lights and decorations are up now and you can hear some of your favorite carols on the radio. It’s getting colder in Payson, and Christmas is just around the corner. This is personally my favorite time of year. It’s time to bake cookies and wrap gifts and spend time with the family. The season can be a little hectic at times, but the warm feeling in your heart and the wonderful memories you create sure pays off. As Kat said in last week’s article, having a companion sure does make life more enjoyable.

For those of you who do own pets or are planning on adopting this year, there are some holiday hazards we want you to be aware of. Treats, decorations and the weather can be harmful to your pets, so here are a few things to watch out for this time of year:

Chocolate, especially dark and other human food is bad for your pet. If they get into these things, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea or even more severe problems.

Bones from turkeys, chickens or steak can splinter and cause damage to the throat, stomach and intestines. You can purchase treats for your pet at your local pet or grocery store. These are safe and pets love them.

Holiday decorations and the Christmas tree need to be monitored carefully. Check for broken ornaments and ornament hooks on the ground. Be sure to clean up any tinsel or ribbon and if you are using a live tree, fresh water in the tree stand is the safest route to go. You can even anchor the top of the tree to the wall to prevent the tree from falling over due to a happy tail wag or a curious climber. Be sure to keep a watchful eye on all electric cords, making sure they are not being chewed on or played with.

Holiday plants like holly, holly berries, poinsettias, lilies and mistletoe are extremely toxic to pets if ingested. Keep these beautiful plants up and out of reach from your four-legged friends.

Lit candles should never be left unattended or too close to curious faces and feet. A wagging tail and playful paws can turn hot wax into an instant disaster, and can even burn your pet.

In the event of an emergency, be sure to call your local vet. Keep important numbers on hand like the ASPCA’s Poison Control number 888-426-3325, and the nearest 24 hour emergency veterinary hospital as well.

So now that you are ready to take on the next two weeks, it’s time you enjoy yourself. Make memories, laugh and live it up with your friends and family — both two- and four-legged. Happy Holidays to everyone from all of us here at HSCAZ.




Cadbury is a gentle guy with a huge heart. He is really good with kids and knows to be calm and not jump up on them. He walks like a true gentleman on a leash and is potty trained already. Cadbury likes to play with other dogs, mainly females who are really pretty (wink, wink). Cadbury likes to play fetch and is a very loving and loyal dog. He is active and outgoing, but knows when to calm down and take it easy. Cadbury would love to find his forever home, maybe it’s with you?




Coal is a sweet but shy 3-year-old neutered male. He has a long, black coat which will require grooming to keep it soft, shiny. He is very affectionate, he just needs to be coaxed out of his hiding place for some TLC. He is tolerant of other cats and may do best in a home that is more laid back. Coal is the ideal lap cat, purring and loving the attention you are giving. Come down and meet Coal today. He is current on his vaccines and has passed his health tests.




Johnny has been here at HSCAZ since July. He came in as a young pup and is growing into a mature, young adult. Johnny loves to have fun and can be found playing with the other dogs in the play yard. He is intelligent, outgoing and friendly. Johnny is active so he will need an equally active adopter to keep him busy and stimulated. He will graciously show his appreciation with some kisses and a butt wiggle (that’s what we like to call it when the dogs are so happy that not just their tail wags, but their entire back end).




Miley is such a doll. She is very active and playful. This girl would be ideal for daily hikes, jogs or adventures. She is super friendly and would possibly lick your face off (ha-ha, not really though). Miley is great with other dogs and children. She is our social butterfly, always making new friends and having a good time at it.




Newt is a 2-year-old spayed female. She is friendly with people, but isn’t so sure about the other cats in the cat house. She is a smaller female, full grown and mature. She is litter box trained and loves to cuddle up in  your lap or a soft, cushy bed for nap time. A calmer household may be ideal for her, where she can enjoy her afternoon naps and still get plenty of cuddle time and ear scratches from you.




Patty is a mature 3-year-old Calico. She is a diva for sure. She is independent and knows what she wants. Patty enjoys window sill lounging and some gentle pets and affection from people. She is tolerant of the other cats and would likely do fine in a home with other cats, as long as she has her own private getaway, like a true diva.


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