Christmas Tree Pet Safety
As fun and festive as the holiday season may be, it can be a confusing and dangerous time for our pets. Decorations pose unique risks and that includes Christmas trees.
If your celebration includes setting up a tree, be sure to take precautions to keep pets safe. Here are 8 tree-trimming tips to keep in mind:
8 Ways to Pet-proof Your Christmas Tree
- Opt for plastic or wooden ornaments instead of glass, which can break and cause injury.
- Avoid using edible decorations to reduce temptation.
- Toss out the tinsel — it can cause severe damage to your pet’s intestinal tract if ingested.
- String lights and power cords can cause oral burns and electric shock if chewed. Hang them near the top of the tree or skip them altogether.
- Anchor your tree to the wall or ceiling to prevent pets from knocking it over.
- Sweep up pine needles, which can cause GI upset or a foreign body obstruction if too many are swallowed.
- Cover up the tree stand to prevent pets from drinking the water, which can contain pesticides, fertilizer, or bacteria.
- Don’t put wrapped gifts under the tree, especially if there’s food inside. Keep presents in a safe place until it’s time to open them.