The Humane Society has cautioned that may traditional decorations bring added hazards for animals.  Poinsettia, mistletoe, and many traditional holiday plants can be mildly toxic to pets, and should be kept out of reach.

Many foods bring added dangers.  Pet owners are encouraged to avoid sharing any food with pets they are not used to, even if it’s similar to treats they enjoy on a regular basis.  Foods containing chocolate are potentially lethal to animals.  It may be tempting to treat pets to the fat drippings in a turkey pan, but this will probably be too much for them to handle.  Chicken and turkey bones are hollow, and could therefore shatter, causing damage to the throat, stomach, and intestine.  Pumpkin should be kept out of reach because it is a natural stool softener for dogs and cats.

It is important to inform any guests of the rules and to secure the garbage after eating.  This will prevent any accidents from happening.