As responsible pet parents, it’s important to keep your furry family members safe during the holidays. But it can seem like a difficult task with ornaments, plants, presents, lights, the tree and more, all attracting your pet’s attention.
Here are some simple steps that will allow your pets to join in the holiday fun this year, while avoiding any emergency trips to the vet.
Put your Christmas tree in a corner, blocked off from your pet's wanting eyes. If this doesn't keep your dog or cat from attempting to jump onto the tree, you can place aluminum foil, a plastic drink bottle filled with anything that creates noise on the tree's bottom limbs to warn you of an impending tree disaster.
If you are getting a live tree, keep the area free and clear of pine needles. While they may not seem dangerous, the needles can puncture your pet's intestines if ingested.
You can also secure your tree to the wall by tying it to a hook secured on the wall with fishing line. This way the tree won’t fall over on your furry friends in the event they’re close enough to knock it over.
Shiny tinsel and garland is sure to attract the attention of your pet. Hang these decorative items out your pet’s reach. Ingesting the tinsel can potentially block their intestines, which is generally only remedied through surgical means.Opting for ribbon instead of tinsel is a great substitute.
Edible decorations such as cranberry or popcorn strings or cookie ornaments are just too enticing and your pet will likely want to tug and play with them. Avoid the altogether or hang them only on the highest branches.
Even regular ornaments need to be kept out of reach, too. In addition to being a choking and intestinal blockage hazard, shards from broken ornaments may injure paws, mouths, or other parts of your pet's body.
Avoid putting lights on the tree's lower branches. Not only can your pet get tangled up in the lights, they are a burning hazard. Additionally, your dog or cat may inadvertently get shocked by biting through the wire.
If you have other lights around the house or even outside, you can prevent accidental electrocutions by taping down any exposed wires.
Winter plants like holly, mistletoe, and poinsettias are poisonous to dogs and cats. If you opt to use these plants as festive decor, they must be kept in areas that your pet can’t reach.
Burning candles should be placed on high shelves or mantles, out of your pet's way. It’s a better option to use flameless candles
When you're wrapping gifts be sure to keep your pet away. Wrapping paper, string, plastic, or cloth could cause intestinal blockages. Also avoid putting wrapped gifts under the tree.
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