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12 ways to keep your pet safe during the holiday season

Written by

Pamela Hardman


Published on: Nov 20, 2019

12 ways to keep your pet safe during the holiday season

The holidays are a time for friends and family to gather, and because pets are a part of the family, they’re often included in the festivities. But this time of year can come along with some dangers for your pets. Follow these tips to make sure your furry family members stay safe, healthy and merry this holiday season.

Holiday pet safety tips

  1. Secure the tree and other decor. Christmas trees can easily tip if pets try to climb on them or play with the lights and ornaments. Channel your inner MacGyver and consider tying your tree to the ceiling or a door frame. Fishing line works well.

  2. Avoid water additives for your Christmas tree. It’s best to use plain water for your tree if you have a pet in the house. Additives like aspirin and sugar can be harmful.

  3. Pay close attention to treats, especially when they contain foods toxic to your pets. Chocolate, anything sweetened with xylitol, grapes and raisins can be particularly harmful to your pet. Make sure you keep desserts and human treats sealed and kept in containers well out-of-reach.

  4. Keep food out-of-reach of your pet. It’s important not to let your pet get ahold of turkey bones, alcoholic drinks, sweets, and high fat and spicy foods. If you have a holiday dinner, make sure to clear the table right away and don’t leave any of these things unattended. Plus, if you have to clean up right away, it’s the perfect excuse to get some help!

  5. Take the trash out right away. This is good to practice all the time but especially during the holidays when you’re tossing out leftover food or holiday wrapping like ribbons and bows that can be harmful if ingested. Not only will there be a mess to clean up if your pet gets into the garbage, but it could be dangerous too.

  6. Who needs tinsel anyway? Every cat owners knows that just about anything can become a toy. Tinsel, ribbon and garlands are particularly enticing to cats but can also cause big problems if eaten. Opt for non-breakable or soft ornaments hung out of reach instead.   

  7. Don’t leave decorations unattended. When you leave the house or when you’re not around, unplug lights and other electric decor. Electrical cords can often be mistaken for chew toys.

  8. Have a quiet room available during holiday gatherings. Give your pet their own quiet space to retreat to if the noise and activities of holiday get-togethers get to be too overwhelming.

  9. Pay close attention to the exits when guests are coming and going. Holiday parties often involve many guests arriving and leaving at staggered times, leaving lots of opportunities for your pet to sneak out the door. Pay close attention, especially if you know your pet tends to take off quickly.  

  10. Steer clear of flowers and festive plants. While they may make your home look and smell nice, they could result in an emergency visit to the vet if your pet ingests one of these plants. Amaryllis, mistletoe, balsam, pine, cedar, and holly are common holiday plants that can be poisonous to your pet. Poinsettias can also be dangerous.

  11. Keep candles out-of-reach. This one probably goes without saying but a swinging tail or a playful swat can have serious consequences. Keep candles out-of-reach or avoid them altogether.

  12. If you’re traveling for the holidays, make sure you’re prepared. Holidays often mean traveling either by car or by plane. Make sure your pet is up-to-date on all of his or her vaccinations, and bring any necessary documentation with you (like claim forms), even if you’re traveling by car.

Use your extra cash for holiday cheer, not vet bills

The holidays can be expensive. If your pet swallows something they shouldn’t or gets hurt, you’ll want to focus on their recovery, not on vet bills. Petsecure can help. Learn what’s covered and get a free quote today.

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Want to help other pet owners keep their pets safe this holiday season? Share these tips on Facebook or Twitter.