holiday pet safety tips

Updated: Sep 24

With Christmas just slightly over a month away, I thought I'd share some great tips to keep your pets and your sanity safe this holiday season. I'll share some great tips on pet-safe decorations, how to keep your pets and guests happy and safe, pet-safe and not-so-safe foods, and a few quick pet travel tips and tricks.

First up, Pet-friendly holiday decorations! I know that decking the halls is one of our favorite things to do for the holidays! But, it just doesn't seem like the holidays until the baubles and sparkly decorations start cascading around the house. However, as a senior furkid momma, I know firsthand that sometimes we must keep those curious and creative furkids in mind while decorating for any holiday, especially over the holiday season.

First up on the decorations tips list - oh, that tree! I'm fortunate, Ozzy and Poly-ana, and even Lisa-lee when she was still alive, never found any interest in climbing or terrorizing the Christmas tree or its decorations. Still, I know that not every furkid feels the same way about those sparkly trees. The most excitement we get is Poly-ana taking a snooze under the tree. However, I'm not biased; many furkids, but many a feline, especially, love to terrorize that sparkly golden tree. So the first tip is to ensure that your tree is secure, just in case they get curious. Another tree tip? Ditch the tinsel. While I have fond memories of tinsel on the tree (you have to love the 80s!), tinsel can be very dangerous for any fur kid if they consume it. Remember, if you have a live tree, those pine needles, if digested by Fido, can cause an issue with their digestive tract.

Additionally, when decorating with shiny balls and other favorite ornaments, especially glass ones, ensure they are too big for Fido to steal and swallow should they get curious. Lastly, tree safety tips keep those cords out of the mouths of curious furkids! Make sure to keep those cords out of reach and unplugged if you're heading out for the evening to enjoy those holiday festivities!

The next decoration safety tips are about keeping an eye out for is plants and all those tremendous smelling greeneries. While they make the house smell like the holidays, many of them are very toxic to Fido! Ones to take special note of include: Holly, Mistletoe, Poinsettias, Amaryllis, Balsam, Pine, Cedar, & Lillies. All of these unique holiday plants are highly toxic to your furkids, so maybe opt for some fake greenery and plants for the holiday or keep them far out of Fido's curious paws and mouth.

Last but not least is all about those softly glowing candles. While they bring a certain vibe to the holiday feeling, they can be dangerous for your furkids and your home, especially if left unattended. So if you enjoy that soft-lit glow of candlelight, ensure you're in the room with Fido, just in case. And don't forget to blow them all out, especially if you're heading out for the evening.