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Christmas Trees and Gifts Pose a Danger to Pets

Posted on: December 20, 2010

During the Christmas season it’s easy to get so wrapped up in everything going on that you forget about pet safety. All year your pet sees the home a certain way and then Christmas comes along and everything gets changed around. Christmas trees are put up with all types of decorations and gifts are wrapped and placed under the tree. All of this can be a little overwhelming and confusing for your pet. It also creates dangers that you may not be aware of.

It would be very tempting for your beloved dog to chew up one or more of those brightly colored gifts placed so perfectly under the tree. After all, the colorful package is so inviting that it would be hard to resist. However, this can make them very sick and if they get into electronics and something with batteries, this could be hazards.

Have you ever thought about how those flashing lights on the tree can entice the dog or cat to explore a little closer? Very few cats can resist the temptation of climbing to the top of the tree but even fewer of them make it to top without topping it over. This could be disastrous for your home and your pet.

Chewing on tree branches, ornaments and Christmas lights can make your pet sick as well. If he bites a wire into, it can start a fire or electrocute your pet. Broken glass ornaments can cause severe injuries and pets can even get tangled up in the lights and other decorations and actually choke themselves. All of these things pose a danger to your pet.

To avoid accidents during the holiday season take some time to protect your pets. Some pets may not pay any attention to the changes but others are curious and want to explore, which very often leads to accidents. Never leave your dog or cat in the same room with the Christmas tree and gifts unattended. Use gates to keep your pet out of the room with the tree or put your pets in an area that is safe when you can’t monitor them. These precautions can keep your pets safer and make the holidays more enjoyable.

 

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