10 Pawliday Safety Tips

Now that the holidays are in full swing, you may be concerned about how your pet will react to all of the changing decor in your home. By taking a few precautions you and your pet can enjoy the holidays together, worry-free.

1. Keep the tree away from the center of the room. This will help to curb your pet's interest.

2. Make sure that your tree trimmings are pet safe. Tinsel, while pretty on a tree, is a potential intestinal blockage and cats and dogs may be drawn to chew on it.

3. Keep the light strands off of the bottom branches. Chewing chords can create shocking and fire hazards. It’s better to be safe than sorry and keep them out of your pet's reach.

4. If you have a live tree, make sure to sweep up the pine needles often. Pine needles, if ingested, can cause a puncture in the intestines if swallowed.

5. You will also want to make sure your holiday plants are safe. Holly leaves and berries, mistletoe and poinsettias are all poisonous to both dogs and cats. Keep these plants out of your pet's reach if you choose to decorate with them.

6. Don’t decorate with treats. Cranberries, popcorn and other edibles that are often strung on a tree are just too tempting for most pets to resist.

7. Keep electrical chords and wires taped to the floor or wall and out of reach of pets. They can create tripping and choking hazards if left exposed.

8. Put your most precious ornaments on the top of the tree. You don’t want grandma’s heirloom glass bulb being shattered because the cat thought it was a shiny cat toy.

9. When wrapping gifts, keep your pet out of the room. Boxes and bows can look like toys, especially to cats, and if strings or ribbon are ingested you could be dealing with a really sick pet.

10. Place burning candles up on shelves or tables that are out of reach from pets to prevent burns and fire hazards.

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