Pet Safety During the Holidays

Holiday Plants to Avoid If You Have Pets

  • Poinsettia plants contain a milky sap that may cause vomiting and diarrhea
  • Mistletoe is quite toxic and should be avoided around pets and small children.
  • Holly leaves, and berries are toxic. They can cause gastrointestinal upsets and depression of the central nervous system. The sharp leaves can also damage the soft tissue in the mouth.
  • Pine needles can cause damage and/or irritation to the mouth
  • Amaryllis species contain toxins that can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hypersalivation, anorexia and tremors

Tips for Keeping Your Pet Safe Around the Christmas Tree

  • Kitties love to climb! Make sure your tree is well secured at the base.
  • Unplug tree lights to prevent electrocution and/or mouth burns unless you are in the room to supervise
  • Avoid the use of icicles and tinsel and other stringy items that cats might ingest. These may cause intestinal blockage.
  • If your dog loves toys, skip decorations that may resemble a toy which may tempt them to jump on the tree
  • Skip the use of toxic spray-on snow

Food Dangers for Pets over the Holidays
We all love to feed our pets treats, but there are many holiday foods that can be toxic. Some may cause gastrointestinal distress and some as outright poisonous. Please keep the following safely tucked out of reach for pets:

  • Chocolate
  • Candy especially those in wrappers as pets will consume them whole
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Grapes, raisins, onions and garlic
  • Fatty foods and bones

Written by: Annex Animal Hospital



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Our veterinarians are currently seeing all patients by appointment ONLY.  We continue to operate with a "closed waiting room" in order to keep our clients and staff safe during the pandemic. We appreciate your patience and understanding as these appointments take a little longer than normal.  

How do appointments work?
Please come to the back door for your appointment and call 416-537-3128 upon arrival. A veterinarian will speak with you over the phone and a veterinary assistant will come out to collect your pet for an examination. After examining your pet, the doctor will follow-up on the phone with their findings and recommendations. Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your pets. Please let us know in advance if they have any special needs.
Payment Methods:
We are currently accepting all payment methods. However, credit or debit cards are preferred.
How to collect food and prescription orders:
We appreciate advance notice for food and prescription refills. Please call 416-537-3128 upon arrival at the FRONT DOOR and a receptionist will be out with your order as soon as possible. For faster service, we suggest ordering pet supplies and food through our online store.  Delivery is free with purchases over $100.00.  It's easy!  Just click ONLINE STORE on our website to sign up.


Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- The team at Annex Animal Hospital