Christmas Tree Safety Tips For Your Pet

Oh Christmas tree.. Oh Christmas tree.. Christmas tree safety tips and other ways to keep your tree standing!

The Christmas tree is the centerpiece of the Christmas season. With the holidays upon us there will be lots of decorating and holiday themed functions taking place. One of the many special things that alot of us do at Christmas is to decorate a tree. If you have pets however, this can pose a challange. Your pets love the Christmas tree too just maybe not for the same reasons as you!

Christmas tree safety tips:                                                                                                                                                                                        xmas-kitty-198x300                             

There are a few things that you can do in order to keep the holidays safe and sound for both your tree and your pets alike!

  • Carefully place the lights on your tree with your pets in mind. Pets are curious, do not put the lights on the bottom branches. Your pet can get tangled in the lights, get burned and even be tempted to chew on them.
  • Keep ornaments out of the way, again with your pets curiosity on high alert. They may see an ornament as a toy that is begging to be played with. These beautiful ornaments can be potential choking hazards, can cause intestinal blockages if chewed as well as cuts if any pieces become broken.
  • Tinsel is pretty, it glistens and glows in the nightime against the lights, however if your pet ingests tinsel it can block their intestines. Intestinal blockage of this nature would lead directly to surgery. Thats one sure fire way to put a damper on Christmas. 
  • If your pet is a climber of jumper you may want to secure the tree and place it in an area safe from their jumping skills. Some people suggest placing a few sprigs of aluminum foil throughout the tree or a few empty water bottles out. The sound may startle the pet and serve as a reminder that the tree is not to be messed with!

Remember, these Christmas tree safety tips when decorating and try to look at the big picture through the eyes of your pet. A perfectly placed and decorated tree should keep all members of the family safe even the four legged ones! 

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

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