5 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Holidays
17 December, 2012
The holidays are approaching and many pet owners like to decorate their homes. While adding a Christmas tree or holiday lighting around the house is fun and festive, we pet owners must remember to keep an eye on pets’ safety. Our little cats and dogs like to play around with all the new items in the house.
Below are 5 simple tips to help keep your pets safe during the holidays:
1. Watch the Needles on the Trees
If you have a Christmas tree in your house, remember that the needles can be dangerous to your pets. If your pet chews on the tree, the needles can puncture his or her stomach lining. Keep your tree watered and clean up the needles that fall off of the tree immediately.
2. Make sure that all holiday plants are out of reach
Holly, mistletoe, and poinsettias can be toxic to your pets. If you have these in your home, place them where your dog or cat can’t reach them. It might be best to have these hanging outside on your porch or in planters where they decorate the steps if you have a very curious kitty or nosey dog.
3. Ornaments can be sprayed
Ornaments on the tree are very intriguing to dogs and cats. Cats get curious and will smack the ornaments around. This means some that are made of glass or other fragile material could break and make a mess.
Dogs might try to carry an ornament and break it in their mouths. If you need to, try using a non-toxic spray that deters animals from checking out the ornaments on the tree. The spray tends to have some mix of alcohol and bitter additives that make items smell bad and taste worse to them. Avoid tinsel as cats have a tendency to chew on it and swallow it. The tinsel can cause blockages and make them very ill.
4. Tuck the wires from all lighting
Keep the wires from lights, lamps, and other decorations tucked away so your cat or dog doesn’t tug or get tangled in them. Many hardware stores sell cord covers and zip ties that can help keep the wires tucked against the wall and out of the way of pets and children.
5. Don’t let your pets drink the water from a Christmas tree
If your cat insists on drinking water from the bottom of the Christmas tree, you may need to find a cover to prevent her from doing so. Dirty water can make your cat ill. Your dog might also think it’s a new water bowl and could knock the tree off the stand. You can use a tree skirt and tuck it over the opening of the stand so it covers the water and prevents your pets from drinking it.
Have a wonderful holiday season and hope you and your pets stay happy and healthy.