Let’s go over some helpful Christmas Safety Tips for Pets.

Ho Ho Ho! It’s almost Christmas, and we are super excited to spend some time with family and friends to celebrate. But we can’t forget about our furry friends and how some simple things can put them in danger this Holiday season. So check out our Christmas Safety Tips and get your house ready for pets and humans to enjoy Santa’s visit.

1. Fir, spruce, and pine trees make excellent Christmas trees and are generally non-toxic to pets. But don’t forget to clean up the tree needles regularly, as they can be sharp and easily get stuck in your pet’s paws and throat.
2. Keep your tinsel and ribbons safely distant from your pets. If they are within easy reach, they can eat and get them stuck in their intestines.
3. Try to use unbreakable decorations and nothing too small, and try to anchor your tree so your pet can’t pull it over.
4. Chocolate is toxic to almost all animals as it contains a substance called theobromine. So keep the chocolate to humans only!
5. Protect electric cords and flashing tree lights so your pet can’t chew them and electrocute themselves.
6. Remember loud noises such as fireworks, Christmas crackers, poppers, balloons, and champagne bottles could panic your pet. So try to avoid them or keep them in a safe place.
7. Buy your pet’s Christmas presents from a reputable pet shop or veterinary clinic, and be aware your pet doesn’t ingest any children’s toys or wrapping papers.
8. If you are traveling with your pet, remember to keep them buckled up or in a proper crate. Don’t over-feed them before long car/airplane rides and have emergency veterinary contacts from your final destination.
9. Keep an eye for some poisonous holiday plants such as Mistletoe that can cause gastrointestinal upset; Lilies that are toxic to cats and can cause some stomach upset to dogs; Amaryllis that can cause oral irritation and Holly plant that can not only have toxic berries but can cause injuries with its pointed leaves.
10. Finally, remember a pet is for life, so NEVER give pets as surprise Christmas presents!

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