Pet Safety for Christmas

Christmas, now only ten days away. When the year restarts we always feel like it’s going to take forever to get back to December, but that’s never true. January starts and then before we know it, it’s December and time for the holidays. For some of us with pets, the holidays can be stressful especially if your dog is destructive (or even your cat), so decorating is more of a chore rather than excitement. After doing some research for your pets and the holidays, PetMD lists five Christmas tree tips that I would like to pass along for your pet’s safety.

  1. You should place the tree in a corner rather than in the direct eye sight of your pet. Kind of like the “out of sight out of mind” mentality. According to them, if this doesn’t work you can place loud noisy things on the bottom branches of the tree in case disaster is about to strike, hopefully you can get to the tree in time.
  2. Again, if you have a curious pet putting tinsel on the tree may not be the best idea. Since its shinny this can cause your pet to be curious and tinsel is actually very bad for animals. If you are going to use this decoration make sure it is placed up high and if it falls on the floor to pick it up immediately. Tinsel can block their intestines were usually requires surgery.
  3. The third thing deals with Christmas lights, which like the tinsel should be kept above the bottom branches. This is because your pets can get tangled up in the lights or worst case the lights can actually shock your pets.
  4. Ornaments while they are beautiful can also be dangerous just like anything else. This is because your pet can choke on them and because blockage in the intestine as well, just like the tinsel. Other issues ornaments can cause if that if they get broke, they can injure different parts of your pets body such as their paws if they step on them or mouths if they decide to get curious and eat the,.
  5. Lastly, when deciding whether you want to buy a live Christmas tree or not remember this statement. Make sure you keep the pine needles cleaned up, unfortunately if your pet eats them they can puncture their intestine causing huge issues.

My family has two dogs in the household, one being older who doesn’t really care about the Christmas tree and then a younger dog who doesn’t quite understand. We don’t put up a full tree because it’s just not necessarily, so we use a four foot tree kept on a stand to keep off the ground. This could be an option for older people who want a Christmas tree, but their animals are not okay with the idea. The tree is kept far enough off the ground that the animals can’t reach it which makes avoiding hazards easier.

Christmas with pets is one of the best times of the year and keeping our pets safe is always number one priority. So if you notice any health issues with your pet, make sure to get them to the vet immediately so that if something is wrong, it can be caught soon enough. Make sure to check back next week with ZoeDoggy for last minute Christmas gift ideas for your pet!

P.S Other hazards to watch out for is that holly, mistletoe and poinsettia plants (which are Christmas plants) are poisonous to your dogs.

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