It’s almost time to put the Christmas Tree up, if
you haven’t already that is. Pets, like small children are generally excited when the Christmas Tree goes up and like to investigate the new addition to the sitting room.
Here are a few tips to pet proof your Christmas Tree, keeping your pets (and tree) secure this Christmas;
Secure the Tree – Make sure the tree is secure so it can’t fall over or wobble easily. Climbing cats or big wagging tails will easily knock a tree over and all your decorating work will be ruined.
Hide the Cord – Electrical cords are a danger to pets, especially puppies that tend to chew on anything. Electric cord injuries are very damaging to the mouth tissue and can lead to long term problems with eating, amongst other issues. Check the electric light cords for signs of chewing.
Presents – Dogs love to investigate and don’t not understand that the presents are not supposed to be opened before Christmas Day. It’s probably a good idea to keep the presents from under the tree until closer to Christmas, particularly any edible gifts!
Decorations – Hang your delicate and favourite ornaments on the uppermost branches of the tree, and secure them to the branches tightly. Some big dogs have long, wagging tails, and you don’t want them knocking your ornaments off and breaking them. Cats love Christmas trees and if they decide to climb it, your decorations could end up broken. If they are glass ornaments, little animals could cut themselves.
Christmas tree needles – These are not digestible and can be mildly toxic depending upon your dog’s size. The fir tree oils can irritate your dog’s mouth and stomach and cause her to vomit or drool excessively. Tree needles also can obstruct or puncture her gastrointestinal tract. In addition, some trees are treated with chemical preservatives to keep them fresh longer and making them poisonous to pets. Mistletoe, poinsettia plants, and holly berries can also be poisonous so keep these out of pets reach.
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