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Christmas – Keep Your Fur Buddy Safe With Some Safety Tips These Holidays

Christmas isn’t too far off. This means a house full of people from family to visitors and potential pet hazards.


Is this your first Christmas with your dog, puppy, cat or kitten?


Don’t panic. We’re here to help with some handy Dog Safety Tips for Christmas to help you make it through. 

Preparing Christmas decorations, cooking Christmas feasts and travelling to visit family and friends, we need to consider potential risks which may face our fur buddies.
Christmas is a human holiday. This festive season can be strange for our pets. New decorations all around our houses and gardens, strange trees inside accompanied by all kinds of weird 

smells around the house. Add your holiday visitors, crazy schedules and potentially dangerous toxins to this mix. Yup and you have an impending disaster brewing.
Pay special attention to your pets during the holiday season. Keep their needs in mind when decorating or planning trips. Teach your visitors about your new furry friend.


Here are some tips for a pet-friendly, safe and healthy Christmas and New Year!

39 Dog Christmas Safety Tips for Pet Owners

Décor and Decorations

1. Avoid using candles

Flameless LED candles instead are awesome. Lit candles can easily be knocked over by pets causing burns or fires.

2. Don’t use holly, poinsettia or mistletoe

While festive looking, these are all poisonous to your dog if ingested. Try the safer artificial plants instead!

3. Anchor your Christmas tree

Anchor your Christmas tree. Securely! Puppies and kittens run and play at full speed. Ensure your tree won’t fall on your young buddies while they play.

4. Avoid silver icicle strands or tinsel

They sparkle and move! Dogs and cats love playing with and eating these. These decorations can cause vomiting and obstructions.

5. Get a faux tree

Artificial Christmas trees are safer and healthier for your pets. These trees don’t shed sharp needles that can be ingested. Real trees may also be the home of pests, parasites and mites.

If you have to have a real tree, ensure you regularly clean up all stray needles from the floor. Treat your tree for pests before bringing it indoors.

6. Avoid glass or breakable Christmas tree ornaments

Ornaments fall and they break. Your puppy may eat the pieces, leading to internal bleeding or organ damage.

This is one of the most important dog safety tips that you can follow this holiday season.

7. Don’t decorate with edible decorations

Edible decorations, even if placed out of reach, can encourage puppies or kittens to jump and climb to get to the tasty snacks.

If these decorations are threaded, the thread can cause internal complications when ingested.

8. Consider not decorating the bottom section of the tree

A puppy or dog unfamiliar with Christmas trees is curious. Consider leaving the bottom section of the tree bare. This will prevent your buddy from being tempted to play with the lights or decorations at the bottom.

9. Consider blocking off your Christmas tree

If your tree is a toy of wonderment for your fur buddy, consider a child gate around it.

10. Don’t let your dog drink water out of the Christmas tree stand

With real trees, the water in your Christmas tree stand goes stagnant. It can contain bacteria or other “nasties” that may make your dog ill. No one wants a vomiting dog around Christmas!

11. Keep wiring and extension cords out of reach

Puppies not only get tangled in wiring, but younger pets love to chew on things. Biting into wires is dangerous, causing electrocution to your puppy. Chewed exposed wiring is a potential fire hazard to your home.

This Christmas safety tip could save you and your pet’s life!

12. Keep wrapped gifts and wrapping paper out of reach

Just like babies, dogs and cats love wrapping paper. When eaten it can cause blockages, stomach upset, or even poisoning depending on the paper composition.

13. Don’t overwhelm your dog with festive decorations

Dogs are creatures of habit. Too many decorations at once or too many loud and obnoxious decorations can put your dog on edge.

If you like to have many decorations in your home, introduce them a little at a time.


14. Keep chocolate out of reach

Chocolate: a popular stocking stuffer, gift or Christmas tree bauble. Make sure to keep it out of reach of your fur buddies at all times! Chocolate contains theobromine, which may cause organ damage or failure.

15. Keep alcoholic drinks out of reach

Alcohol and pets don’t mix. Not for the fur buddy nor the human interacting with the fur buddy. Keep all alcoholic drinks out of reach of your pets ALWAYS.

Follow this tip all year round! Even in small quantities, alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, confusion, and laboured breathing in pets. Larger quantities of alcohol may be fatal.

16. Don’t Give Table Scraps

Christmas foods are for feasting! They are higher in fats, sauces, flavourings and seasoning. Scraps of such rich foods may lead to pancreatitis in pets. Pancreatitis is extremely uncomfortable and may be dangerous to your pet’s health.

Also, skip those table scraps to avoid packing unhealthy weight on your pets.

17. Know what makes for a safe meal

“My pets should celebrate Christmas with me”. If you enjoy making your fur buddy dog a part of the Christmas meal, make sure that you feed wholesome appropriate “treat” food. Orijen Treats are a firm favourite at Dog Solutions.

18. Don’t give your dog cooked or weight bearing bones

Cooked bones splinter easily. They may dental damage and internal perforations or blockages.

Never give your dog any household bones. Stick with whole raw cow marrow bones instead – especially enjoyed with the whole knuckle end still on the bone. Raw chicken necks are also a firm favourite. Always keep an eye on your pets when eating raw bones mentioned above. Make sure that they know how to chew on the necks and not just swallow whole.

19. Keep an eye on that dough

Nothing better than home baked Christmas bread and pastries. Many pet owners forget to keep the dough out of reach from their fur buddy. Dogs scavenge and are easily tempted to eat the dough.
The danger is that when ingested, the dough may expand in their stomach. This may lead to discomfort, bloating, or more serious complications.

20. Wash pans right away or put them completely out of reach

Pans (particularly meat pans) are tempting! The appeal is too great and dogs easily jump up to lick them clean.

Hot pans or hots fats falling from these pans may lead to burns to the mouth or more serious conditions.


21. Choose pet edible gifts wisely

Buy pet treats or edible gifts from reputable manufacturers and countries. Ensure healthy ingredients from reputable companies. Make sure they have had no recent recalls.

22. Know your dog’s playing habits when buying toys

For a heavy chewer, buy a sturdy chew toy. Nothing that will be torn apart easily. This makes swallowing small pieces of toy or fabric easy and possibly dangerous.

23. Stick with toys made for dogs

Kids toys may be tempting as a dog’s toy, but stick with toys that are made for dogs.

Human toys may contain substances that are toxic to dogs. Generally, they are not designed to be chewed on and have small parts that are easily swallowed.


As much as you love your dog, please don’t assume someone else loves dogs as much as you. They may even love pets but may be financially unable to commit to a pet right now.

Pets are our companions and never make good gifts!

25. Choose size appropriate toys

Avoid choking or dental damage due to toys that are too small or too large for your fur buddy.

26. Research your gifts

Always check and research a gift of interest. Pet products and toys on the market are not all made of the same quality and may have serious flaws in their design or materials used. This may easily cause illness, physical damage or worse.

Make sure that what you buy is safe! Do a safety and quality check.

27. Keep an eye on dogs interacting with other pets

Have multiple dogs at home? Be wary when giving gifts or special treats. Dogs may become territorial, possessive or aggressive over their “special” treats. This may be so even if your pack are best friends on a regular day.

Until you are aware of their behaviour, it’s best to separate dogs when giving them special treats or playing with them and their new toys.


28. Educate your guests

Make sure everyone knows that you have a dog at home. They can then be prepared. Some guests may have allergies and need medication. Some friends may have phobias and choose not to come and some may choose not to bring young children with allergies. It’s always best to let your human friends know beforehand.

29. If your dog is roaming around the house…

Be sure that everyone at your gathering is aware that your dog is roaming the house. This helps them understand not to leave outside doors or gates open.

This is an easy Christmas safety tip. Just chat with your guest, which you’re going to be doing anyway! It will also help prevent the panic of an escaped pet during the holiday season.

30. If people will be drinking heavily, isolate your dog

Drunk people lack judgment and ability to interact with animals safely. They can be loud and scary to your fur buddy. They get “handsy” and cross boundaries which may cause your dog to snap.

If guests will be partying too hard, isolate your dog away from guests for everyone’s safety.

31. Know when to keep your dog isolated

If your dog is afraid of strangers, has shown any signs of aggression in the past, is new to your home or does not do well with groups of people, keep your dog in an isolated room of the house where he can relax. Make sure partygoers know not to go into this room.

32. Temper noise

If your dog doesn’t do well with loud noises, keep the noise level down or isolate your dog in a quiet room of the house.

Alternatively, consider boarding them on party night.

33. Don’t serve dangerous party snacks

Someone will try to sneak a snack to your dog during the party. Keep your fur buddy safe by making sure that all snacks contain no “toxic-to-dog” ingredients.

34. Prepare for potty accidents

You know if your buddy urinates when excited. Consider keeping them isolated or having them meet your guests safely outdoors first. Have a mop handy or put some potty pads down on this occasion.

35. If other dogs will be present introduce them outdoors first

If other dogs will be at your gathering and your dog is not familiar with them, have them both meet outside first.

Dogs can be territorial over their homes and their people. Meeting on neutral territory first helps with a neutral introduction.

Always consider your fur buddy first before inviting other pets to a Christmas do.

36. Keep older pets comfortable

A dog that was very sociable in their youth isn’t always as sociable in their senior years.

Older dogs feel bothered, startled, overwhelmed and sometimes experience pain easier than younger dogs. These things may contribute to your older pal being a little more snappy or uneasy.

Keep your older buddy safe in a calm area away from all the activities of your party.

37. Consider the weather

If the weather is hot or wet, make sure that your fur buddy has a comfortable and safe area he can go to when outside.

38. Be wary of children

Children are not always familiar with dogs and how to interact with them. It is important also, to know how your dog interacts with children.

If your dog has never met children before or the child has never interacted with dogs before, a party is not the best time for a first meeting. In this situation, it may be best to isolate your dog in a safe, calm area. At family gatherings, children are easily left to their own devices. Incorrect petting may lead to unwanted pet behaviour.

39. Keep to your normal schedule as much as possible

Dogs love schedules. It’s important to maintain their regular feeding, walking, and sleeping routine even at holiday times.

Routine deviations may lead to changes in your fur buddies appetite, depression, anxiety, changes in bathroom habits, or even health and temperament changes.Tab Content goes here

~ Compiled with the help from the article by Latasha Doyle of TopDogTips.com
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