As the holidays roll around the corner, it’s time to start decorating the house. For dog owners, it’s important to make sure that all your décor is pet safe.
Secure Your Tree
Oftentimes, your energetic pup will run through the house. While normally this is an amusing past time, with a new Christmas tree in their path—it can be dangerous. Just keep that in mind when choosing a location. Instead of being front and center in the room, it would be beneficial to keep it on the border of the room.
It’s also good to make sure that your tree stand is steady to avoid tumbling or a teetering tree topper. Some trees may be adorned with sweet-scented décor. These ornaments may also be poisonous or indigestible. These should be avoided or put high on the tree. Tinsel with its shiny exterior and crinkling noise seems like the perfect toy to your pup. However, in reality, it will cause intestinal blockage and may require surgery to remove. Save yourself the worry and leave it off the tree.
Avoid Sharp Objects
Some décor may have sharp accessories or hooks. These can be extremely hazardous if digested. Keep all sharp objects well out of the way of any of your pets.
Be Mindful of the Presents
It can be exciting to fill the underbelly of your tree with overflowing presents. However, remember your pup has a sharp nose. Make sure that nothing sweet-scented is left under the tree too early. A delicious box of chocolates is not pet safe to leave under the tree. Another aspect to consider with presents is any that may have batteries. Batteries can cause intestinal blockage and are very toxic.
Pet Safe Plants
Holidays also bring about new plants. Unfortunately, not all are pet safe.
Poinsettias can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and irritation. Holly may cause intestinal upset, abdominal pain, or diarrhea. Mistletoe is the worst of the three. It can cause severe intestinal upset, dangerous drop in blood pressure and even hallucinations. Severe reactions to any of these plants may cause seizures, coma, or even death. With plants, it’s really best to keep all three outside of your home. If you love the look, consider using a fake plant. Or, as a last resort, keep them high and away from your pup. If you think your pup has ingested any of these, it is important to see your vet right away to keep your dog healthy.
The danger of candles is rather obvious. You should never leave an open flame unattended around your pet. They may, unknowingly, catch their fur on fire—or even knock it over and start a house fire.
Keep your mind on pet-safe mode when decorating. I’m sure you’ll find that your holidays can be just as festive and cheerful while still being pet safe.