Christmas Tree Safety for your Pet
Trees are tempting for pets. Lights. Bulbs. Ribbons. Many pets will take a holiday leap of excitement and end up in the tree or knock it over. It leads to mess and unsafe conditions for your pets.
Here are the top four things to help keep your tree up and your pet happy and safe:
- 1Secure your tree. Always make sure your tree is well secured to prevent it from being knocked over. If this is a new pet’s first Christmas, it is best to have the tree up but not decorated for a few days, to see how the pet reacts. Some cats love to try to climb, and some playful puppies may accidentally run into a tree.
- 2Make sure your pet can’t drink the water. If you set up a real tree, beware the water in the tree stand can cause tummy upset if drank, especially if fertilizer has been added. It’s best to set up your tree so your pets cannot easily access the water.
- 3Keep fragile decorations high on the tree. These decorations should be placed high on the tree out of reach. Why? Low hanging decorations may be tempting for dogs and cats alike! Anything breakable can pose a risk if your pet also tries to eat the pieces. Sharp piece can hurt paws.
- 4Forget the tinsel. While sparkly, it’s dangerous. Tinsel should not be used on trees that share a home with pets. Cats and dogs can find this ribbon very tempting to chew on and if swallowed, can end up leading to a surgical emergency.
We hope these tips help you have a pet-injury-free holiday. Keep an eye on this page for more holiday safety tips.