Christmas Tree Safety for Your Pets and for All

Don’t forget some basics for a safe Christmas for all.

As sure as night follows day, many are going to look forward to getting the Christmas tree up and decorated.

However, someone has to have the job of passing out the reminders necessary to make it safe for our pets and, so, we volunteer in order that the Grinch does not take away your holiday merriment.

It is important to be aware that trauma can result from trees falling on pets, mouths can become lacerated from dogs chewing on glass ornaments, and surgery could be the result for saving our pet from eating bulbs, garland and tinsel.

If your tree is already up, take the extra time to double check for potential dangers so you have the opportunity to fix them before a problem becomes a tragedy, or at the very least an unnecessary mess to clean up. An excited, curious and/or playful dog or puppy can knock over a tree.

Consider locating the tree in a corner and secure it on two sides to small hooks in the walls using invisible fishing line. Another safety possibility is to use clear fishing line from the top of the tree to a small hook on the ceiling with gentle tension before tying. The clear line is invisible.

Try to place your tree near an outlet so you can avoid running electrical cords long distances and, by all means, hide the cords well or position them high out of reach. Cords can cause electrocution, serious injury or even death especially for curious puppies that tend to chew on anything.

Any ornament can be ingested and cause an intestinal obstruction; however, “safer” bulbs to be around your pets would be plastic or wood. Glass bulbs at lower pet levels are especially dangerous. Please do not learn this lesson the tragic way. Bitter apple can be sprayed on low branches for persistent chewers. Glass bulbs if broken can cut feet or, worse, they can be chewed on, causing them to break, resulting in mouth, throat trauma and bleeding.

Christmas tree tinsel can be a serious problem if ingested. Tinsel on the tree is a fun play toy for dogs and cats. Cats are especially attracted to bright shiny tinsel, so it should really be avoided. Please also be aware that decorative ribbons and string can be ingested by either canine or feline, so please watch those beautifully wrapped gifts left under the tree.

Sweep up the fallen pine needles to help prevent ingestion. Pine needles can cause gastric irritation and vomiting.

Avoid the risk of fire by keeping the tree watered, and keep you pet away from the tree water. Turn the lights on only when you are at home. By turning the lights off when you are away, you are not only safer you but are less of a target for Christmas gift burglary.

Enjoy the time of merriment; reunite with your family with safe celebration.

Warm hearts for cold noses,
Jay & Lisa

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