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How to Maintain A Pet-Friendly Home for the Holidays

12/6/2017 9:26 PM Comments Posted By Floralyn Teodoro

Decking the halls for Christmas is exciting. However, if you have fur babies with you, it’s important to consider their safety as well as yours as you prepare and decorate.

Make sure Christmas will be a memorable –let’s not forget, safe– one for everyone in your household, your pets included. Avoid booboos or any accident that can land you and your pet to a surprise visit to the doctor.

For a pet-friendly home this Christmas, here are tips and guidelines to consider and keep in mind:

Secure your Christmas tree.

A Christmas tree, with all its lights and ornaments, is very enticing to pets. They can be tempted to play with it and climb up it – which can result to possible disasters.

To prevent anyaccident, make sure to position your Christmas tree in a safe corner where you can secure it with a baby gate. Once it’s placed in a safe corner, it will less likely be knocked down by your excited pet. You’ll be able to protect both your tree and your pet.

Avoid decorating with toxic plants.

Mistletoes, poinsettias, and holly can sure make your home look festive, but they are toxic to your pets. When ingested, it can lead to vomiting and other serious illnesses.

If you plan to decorate with such plants for the holidays, make sure you position them high enough so your pets can’t reach them to play with or eat. Better yet, play it safe and decorate with these plants’ synthetic versions instead.Only use safe decorations if possible.

Keep ornaments out of reach.

Other ornaments such as Christmas balls, tree toppers, bells, etc. can also pose dangers to your beloved pets. For their safety, place these ornaments out of their reach.

Aside from securing your ornament-packed Christmas tree with a baby gate, it’s recommended to position its ornaments up high to prevent your pets from reaching them. Pets can knock off these ornaments and break them. If that happens, accidents may ensue.

Store gifts away from nosey pets.

Gifts with a strong smell such as scented candles, food items, perfume, and chocolates can be tempting to prying pets. These can attract your pet’s strong sense of smell.

Although these gifts are wrapped, your pets can still smell through the wrapping paper. If possible, store gifts like these away in a safe place where your pets can’t pry on them. The last thing you’d want to do is an emergency run to the vet or the gift shop to buy a new gift.

Tuck away cords and ribbons.

With the many Christmas lights scattered all over your home come tons of electric cords. Your curious pets can chomp and chew on these, and endanger themselves.

This applies the same way to the strings and ribbons most often attached in gifts, and to strings of tinsel too. To protect your pets from serious injuries like choking and electrocution, make sure there’s no chance for them to play with such electrical cords and strings.

Keep away unsafe foods for pets.

Some foods that we often enjoy during the holidays are dangerous to our pets, including baked goods, alcohol, dairy products, chocolate, fat trimmings, and persimmons.

To protect your pets from food poisoning and intoxication this holiday season, make sure only to give them pet-friendly foods. When your guests come over, make sure to inform them as well to avoid giving your pets table scraps, meat trimmings, and other similar treats.

Christmas should be a time for precious memories for both you and your beloved pets – and not emergency visits to the vet. Consider the above tips to ensure a pet-friendly home for the holidays!

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