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!
The Best Dog Christmas Safety Tips for Pet Owners
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 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.