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Seasonal Decorating Tips For Pet Owners

December 1 2022
Season’s Greetings! The week after Thanksgiving tends to be a very popular time for people to put their holiday decorations up. Those pretty decorations can make your home look very cozy and welcoming, but they also can be dangerous for pets. A local Crown Point, IN vet offers some advice for pet owners in this article.


Kitties and Christmas trees are an adorable but volatile mix. Your feline pal could be seriously hurt if she were to try and scale a tree! To make the tree less tempting for Fluffy, put most of the decorations on the top. Hang only a few dull, unbreakable objects on the lower branches. 


Chewing is usually the biggest concern for dogs. Our canine buddies are not above gnawing on wires and decorations. Fido may even chew the presents, which is also unsafe. You definitely don’t want your pup eating ribbon, tape, or staples, not to mention the gift itself. Consider putting a puppy gate around the tree. If you get a real tree, cover the water bowl. Some dogs try to drink the water, which may contain traces of toxic chemicals. 


Christmas trees are very dangerous for birds. Polly could cut herself on sharp needles, ornaments, or ornament hooks; get sap on her feathers; or get tangled in tinsel, lights, or ribbons.  Keep birds—especially flighted ones—away from the tree. It’s also worth mentioning that many of our feathered pals are drawn to shiny things, like tinsel or glass ornaments. Choose safer, duller, ornaments. Candles and fireplaces are also hazardous, both because of the flames and the fumes. Don’t burn them around Polly, especially if she’s out of her cage. Electric ones are a safer option. 

Pocket Pets

Pay close attention to what’s on the ground. Small animals can chew through wires, cords, and even gifts, and may nibble on fallen pine needles or tinsel strands. You may want to petproof one area of your home, and keep your furry buddy in that area.  


Some things are dangerous for all pets. That includes small or sharp items, like fragile ornaments, tinsel, ribbon, ornament hooks, and manger sets. Poinsettia, lily, holly, ivy, and many other popular seasonal plants are also unsafe. Ask your vet for more information.  Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Crown Point, IN animal clinic, anytime!