While you’re busy reveling in the joy of the season and the warm embrace of family and friends, your pets could be getting into trouble. Holiday festivities can inadvertently have a negative impact on your pets and their health. Here are five tips to help you keep your pets safe this holiday season:


Tip #1 – Decorate with Care

One of the most enjoyable parts of the holiday season is putting up all of the decorations around the house. Holiday decorations can sometimes be unsafe for your pets. Here are few important things to consider when decorating:

  • Anchor Your Tree: Cats are notorious Christmas tree climbers. If your tree isn’t anchored properly, it could fall over and injure your cat — not to mention make a big mess.
  • Avoid Tinsel: Tinsel gives your tree extra sparkle, but it can also pose a serious health risk to dogs and cats. When consumed, tinsel can result in stomach conditions that will require an emergency visit to the vet clinic.
  • Hang Up Lights: Keep an eye on any lights you hang around the home to ensure they are out of reach. Pets sometimes chew and claw at cords, which can result in electric shock.


Tip #2 – Avoid Feeding From the Table

Avoid feeding your four-legged friends a special treat from the table — as tempting as it may be. Foods with chocolate, nuts and alcohol can be poisonous. Encourage your guests not to feed your dogs and cats from the table as well.


Tip #3 – Keep Candles Out of Reach

Most dogs are driven by their noses, which can make the smell of fresh-burning candles worth investigating. Keep candles out of reach of your dogs, or other curious pets, to avoid painful accidents and potential fires.


Tip #4 – Collect Wrappings, Tape and Ribbons

Place a trash bag close by during gift unwrapping to keep harmful materials away from your pets. Ribbons, wrapping paper and tape are a common source of intestinal blockage for animals.


Tip #5 – Keep Your Pets Calm During Fireworks

The holiday season isn’t over until the New Year. It’s important to have a plan to keep your pet calm if your community or neighbors like to celebrate with fireworks. If necessary, make a nest for your dogs and cats in an unused room or the basement. Insulating your pet from the noise can reduce stress and panic.



Follow these few tips and both you and your pets will have a happy holiday season.


Written contribution by Andrea Davis, Home Advisor.