It’s that time of year when our furry friends tend to get into a bit of mischief.
You can’t really blame them, can you?
There’s so many festive and fun things to explore during the holidays.
Unfortunately, many pets get hurt and even die during the holidays due to excessive decorations, gifts, goodies and lights that tend to occupy our homes.
Here are 11 Tips To Help Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday
- Keep the Poinsettia, Holly, and Mistletoe out of reach. They are poisonous to animals and humans.
- Avoid Tinsel. It can block intestines, especially in cats.
- Place Candles High Up. Yes, this is a no-brainer, but many accidents happen due to candles this time of year.
- Keep Wrapping Paper, String, and Scissors Put Away. Pets like to play with strings/ribbons and can easily get mangled, and obviously scissors left unattended can cut them.
- Sweep Up Pine Needles Daily. Pine needles have been known to puncture intestines in cats and dogs. This is a good job for the kids to do.
- Change Water in Tree Stand Frequently. Stagnant water carries bacteria, which can cause your pet to be nauseated and have diarrhea.
- Avoid Editable Tree Decorations. This is too tempting for animals, even if the ornaments are high up. They may try to climb the tree causing the entire tree to fall down. Been there, done that before. UGH!
- Keep Chocolate Out of Reach. Chocolate is toxic to dogs due to the methylxanthines . The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is to them.
- Avoid Putting Lights on Lower Branches. Strings of lights can cause a choking and burning hazard, especially if they get tangled up in them.
- Keep All Wires Hidden. We have a tendency to hide the wires in our homes, but often forget about the outside lights.
- Secure Tree to Wall. You can use ceiling hooks that you hang potted plants from and attach fishing line to secure the top of the tree to the hook. Super simple, huh?
These are just a few of our tips that we use to keep our furry friends safe during the holidays. I can’t think of anything worse than spending Christmas at the vet with a hurt pet.
Do you have any tips to add?