Throughout December there are lots of incredible things to celebrate.
We often spend time with our closest friends and family members and celebrate some of our favorite holidays. However, along with this joyous season comes many risks for our pets. It’s important to keep holiday pet safety at the forefront of our minds throughout this month.
Properly Pet Proof Your Christmas Tree
Pet proofing your Christmas tree is essential to keeping your pets safe this December. The secret is to elevate and secure your tree, properly. To do so, consider using a Command mini-hook on the wall and securing your tree with twine wrapped around the tree trunk. This will ensure your tree doesn’t topple over on a pet that may be sitting underneath it. Also, when you take the tree down you can remove the mini-hook from the wall without leaving any damage!
Another tree safety solution is a metal gate around the tree. It will prevent your dog or cat from accessing the tree to mark it. It also prevents them from reaching the decorations or attacking the presents.
Additionally, consider some of the following Christmas tree related tips:
- Try to avoid placing candy canes, popcorn, cranberries and other edible decorations on the tree. Your pets may be tempted to snack on them!
- Put the presents on a table or as far back as possible under the tree to prevent your cat or dog from ripping them open or injuring themselves on the gift if its heavy.
- Wait until Christmas Day to bring out any packages with treats, like pet chews, so your pet won’t try to get into them early.
Keep an Eye on Your Decorations for Holiday Pet Safety
Here are a few other decoration tips for you to consider for better holiday pet safety this season.
- Skip the tinsel. If ingested, it can be deadly for both cats and dogs.
- Holly, poinsettias and mistletoe are all also toxic for dogs.
- Candles: Keep them high and away from your pets. Be sure they can’t get knocked over by a wagging tail or a purring cat.
Additional Holiday Pet Safety Factors to Consider
- Properly hide all interior and exterior electrical cords. Or, considering taping them down to keep curious dogs, cats and puppies away and out of harm’s way.
- Real Christmas trees need to be watered, but this water can irritate a pet’s stomach.
- Don’t allow your pets to eat pine needles, chocolate, candy, meat fats or butter.
Additionally, when you’re away from home, it’s important to keep your pets crated or out of the same room as your tree and other decorations they may be tempted to play with. This will prevent them from ruining your favorite holiday keepsake, or marking the Christmas tree. It’s better to be safe than sorry!