Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

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The holidays are an exciting time for everyone in the family. Even your pets love the lights, smells, and all the new items in their surroundings that they really want to get their paws on. However, many of these things are simply not safe for them and you should carefully consider some holiday safety tips if you want to keep your pets safe during the holiday season. Check out the following holiday safety tips for pets to ensure you safeguard your beloved furbabies, as well as your decorations.

Holiday Safety Tips for Pets


  • Our favorite holiday foods are filled with sugar, fat, grease, and sometimes chocolate. These foods were never intended for our pets. Drinks with alcohol in them should be up and out of reach. It only takes a little bit of alcohol for your pet to get alcohol poisoning. 
  • Chocolate, coffee, and tea can be deadly for dogs because they contain methylxanthines. Methylxanthines cause damage to the urinary and nervous systems, along with increased heart muscle stimulation. The higher the dosage, the more lethal. It’s better to avoid those items completely. 
  • The same goes with grapes or raisins. Some dogs are affected by even the smallest serving size. Avoid giving them to your dog. If you find your dog has consumed any of these, induce vomiting, and contact your veterinarian. 
  • You can check out Foods That Can Be Poisonous to Pets for additional food items that can be hazardous to your pets. Also, always reach out to your veterinarian to discuss specific foods that should be avoided.

Christmas Tree Tips

  • If you can, put your tree in a corner. This leaves only the front of the tree open. Take the time to anchor it down, to avoid any spills that may occur. There is nothing worse than watching your beautifully decorated tree tip and fall over because your cat ambushed it.
  • Another tip is to take some fishing wire and secure it to the ceiling.
  • You can keep smaller dogs away from the tree with a small fence or another type of blockade, but this doesn’t normally deter cats. Make sure to put the tree up in a place that is away from chairs or other furniture. That only provides a springboard for your felines.
  • Spray the tree with an anti-chew repellent, which can be found at your local pet stores. 
  • Cats love to play with tinsel and garland. Seriously, who can blame them? It’s so shiny and fun to swat at. If they swallow it, which is a possibility, it will get stuck in their digestive tract. Skip the tinsel because it’s better for your pets’ health.
  • Tape down any extension cords. Dogs, especially puppies, enjoy chewing on just about anything they can wrap their mouth around. If they chew through an electric cord, electrocution is possible.
  • Glass ornaments are beautiful and shiny. They are more aesthetically pleasing to the eye than plastic ornaments, however, with plastic ornaments, you do not risk any animals consuming broken shards of glass if one happens to crash to the floor. Remember, animals will eat almost anything, including glass. 
  • Skip the edible ornaments. The aroma from the various foods is too difficult for them to resist.


  • Never leave scented candles down where a pet can reach them. Your pets may burn themselves or knock them over, causing a fire. 
  • Many pets are sensitive to fireworks, poppers, and firecrackers. Also, the confetti and streamers that pop out of the poppers pose a risk to their intestines if they happen to be ingested.
  • If you know that your pet is wary or becomes overly excited around houseguests, make them comfortable in a separate room with water and food away from all the commotion. 
  • Holly, poinsettias, and mistletoe are toxic if ingested by your pets. If you need to decorate with them, make sure to place them in areas your pets cannot reach.
  • Protect your pets from the water in the tree stand’s reservoir by creating a barrier over it to prevent them from drinking out of it. The water is poisonous and can be lethal if your pet drinks from it. 
  • If you’re going to dress up your pet for the holidays, be cautious when sitting near a fireplace because the materials are most likely flammable. 
  • Reinforce proper behavior and limitations with your pets. Yes, the holiday season is exciting, but don’t slack off on enforcing the rules. 

Final Words

Most experts agree that puppies do not make good Christmas gifts because it’s typically an emotional purchase. It lacks the planning and research that really needs to be done prior to the actual purchase of the puppy. Plus, the majority of people overlook the fact that all puppies require a lot of attention and work. Do some research on how to take care of dogs if you have never owned one before. Often, while small children have good intentions, taking care of the puppy will be another responsibility of the parents. If you truly feel that a puppy is a good fit for your family, then check out Housebreaking Your Puppy? Try These Tips! for some solid information on how to housebreak the newest addition to your family.

Finally, the most important thing to remember about the holidays is to enjoy it. Enjoy the time you have with your family and friends. Even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend this holiday season, remember that buying material items is not what it’s about. Creating memories with your loved ones should be at the top of your priority list. 

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