Keep Your Pets Feeling Lucky with These St. Patrick’s Day Safety Tips!

March 17, 2022

a dog outside surrounded by green plants

Pull out your green clothes and shamrocks, St. Patrick’s Day is here! While typically filled with fun and exciting festivities, St Patrick’s Day can unfortunately pose some unlucky hazards to our furry friends. But don’t fret! The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) wants to help make sure that your pets stay out of trouble. 

Keep the celebrations fun for you and your pets by using these safety tips below!

Tip #1:  Don’t Share Your (Green) Beer

Green beer can almost always be found at St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Just like with humans, alcohol can be attractive to our pets but can get our four-legged friends into a lot more trouble. When a pet gets into an unattended or spilled drink, they may show signs of depression and drunkenness within about an hour. Alcohol will cause difficulty walking and stomach upset such as vomiting and diarrhea. Dogs who have ingested large amounts of alcohol may have difficulty protecting their airways and are at risk for aspiration pneumonia if they inhale the vomit. Always keep your eye on your beverage and do not place it on the floor or on a low table where pets can have easy access. If you cannot always monitor your pet, it’s best to put them in a quiet, safe room until the party has come to an end.

Tip #2:  Keep the Plants Out of Paw’s Reach

Shamrocks (Oxalis acetosellar and Oxalis triangularis) are popular plants commonly seen around St. Patrick’s Day. These festive plants make their appearance as gifts to bring a bit of green into our homes around the beginning of March. However, these plants are not as exciting for pets as they can cause stomach upset, drooling and head shaking when small amounts are ingested. If large amounts are ingested, there are more severe concerns such as a decrease in the blood calcium level and kidney damage. Luckily, the bitter taste of these plants deters most animals from eating a large amount. 

Tip #3: Leave the Irish Soda Bread as a Treat for the Humans

Irish soda bread is a popular food during St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Be aware that this bread contains raisins which can cause kidney injury in dogs. It’s best to feed furry friends their own veterinarian-approved healthy treats during any celebrations.  

Following these tips will help keep your pet feeling lucky, happy and healthy this St. Patrick’s Day!

If you believe your pet has ingested something potentially toxic or seems to be having an adverse reaction to something, please contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.