3 At-Home Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

Kitten (CAT) in the Christmas Tree

While the holidays are some of the happiest times of the year, unfortunately, a lot of traditional holiday decorations can harm your pet. To learn how to keep your pets out of danger this Christmas season, make sure to follow these tips:

  1.      Decorate Your Tree with Care

It’s virtually impossible to keep your cats and dogs from trying to play with low-hanging ornaments. One solution is to use non-breakable ornaments, especially on low branches.  Metal ornaments are great for lower branches of the tree, provided that they don’t have sharp edges. You can also try ornaments made of cloth, which is an especially good idea if your household also has toddlers. 

  2.      Keep Sweets Out of Reach

It may seem festive to leave out a plate of sugar cookies or to set out your gingerbread house with pride, but putting sweets anywhere near your dog or cat can cause serious trouble. The chocolates that are given as gifts during this time of year are poisonous to both dogs and cats, and certain modern sweeteners, like xylitol, can cause seizures in your pets. Store the cookies in an airtight jar on top of the refrigerator, make sure the gingerbread house is safely out of reach, and leave the chocolates in the pantry.

  3.      Keep the Plants out of Reach

Most veterinarians agree that typical live holiday decorations such as lilies, poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly berries, can make your pet extremely unwell. If you’re going to have them in your house, keep them out of reach or consider replacing the real items with artificial garlands and plants.

If your dog or cat gets into something that he shouldn’t this holiday season, don’t worry: the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is here to help. We have locations in both the north Dallas and McKinney, Texas areas. For more information, please call either Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at 877-296-5995 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at 972-439-1344 .

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