Saint Patrick’s Day Safety Reminders for Pets

Written on March 17, 2017 by Lauren Parece Hospital: Ethos Veterinary Health

Saint Patrick’s Day can be a fun celebration of your Irish, Irish-adjacent, or non-Irish heritage! Nothing ruins a celebration like an emergency trip to the veterinary hospital, so stay safe, have fun, and keep the following tips in the back of your mind. Let’s make sure the stories you tell on Monday have happy, hilarious endings!


Alcohol is extremely toxic to pets. If you or members of your party are drinking, be mindful, and make sure it stays out of reach of your pets.  Signs of alcohol poisoning in pets include vomiting and lethargy. If you are concerned you pet may have gotten into alcohol, give your veterinarian or closest veterinary emergency room a call.

Pet Safety in Crowds and Parades. 1f5ef7bcde6706e0b2fb14c0f32f1d8c

If you are taking your dog with you to a parade or event, be sure they have ID tags, a secure collar, and a leash. You know your dog best,  if your pet gets very nervous in large crowds or with loud noises, you may consider leaving them at home or at a boarding and daycare facility.

If your pet likes dressing up, and you like dying his/her fur – make sure any dyes you use are non-toxic to pets, read the labels, or contact a local groomer for recommendations. If you and your pet love it, great! Have fun, and feel free to share the pictures with us, we’d love to see them!

Festive Holiday Foods

Traditional foods like corned beef, can be very high in salt. Salt toxicity in pets is dangerous and is something that needs to be treated by a veterinarian. Remember to keep holiday foods out of reach and secure trash cans. Instead, have some special treats available for your pet so they can join in the celebrations!

The Usual Suspects

And then there’s all the other recommendations that we bring up every holiday:

  • Doors: Secure your pets while people come and go. It’s cold, so making sure the door is closed behind people isn’t the same concern that it might be on the 4th of July or Memorial Day, but a scared pet, may try to make a break for it, so keep an eye on them.
  • Chocolate and Candy:  This one’s well known by now, but remember dogs in particular can be sneaky so keep the sweets in a safe location. Sugar free candies, like gum, can contain an ingredient called Xylitol that is extremely toxic to pets. 
  • Safe Spaces: If you pet is nervous around crowds, and you have people coming over, make sure your pets have a safe space or room they can retreat to and let people know to leave them alone.

We hope you won’t need us, but if you do, our emergency rooms are open and fully staffed, call and come in if you are worried about your pet for any reason.

Have a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day!

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