Christmas Guide For Pet owners: Dangers Under The Christmas Tree
People like the peacefulness and reflection that the Christmas season brings with its traditions and customs, but this time of year can be risky for their dogs. You need to take a few preventative steps in order to be able to spend this carefree time with the people you care about, and they are as follows:
Christmas Guide for pet owners: The Christmas tree vs. kittens and puppies
Especially for kittens and puppies, the Christmas tree in the living room presents a fascinating new experience to explore.
They are curious about everything, and they prefer to gnaw on branches and other things that aren’t meant for them while they do it. They want to investigate every limb. That presents a potential risk.
1) Tree Stand
It is of the utmost importance to ensure that the Christmas tree is anchored to the walls and that a sturdy stand supports it. The climbing abilities of the cats and the jumping ability of the dogs have been responsible for the downfall of more than one Christmas tree.
Caution: It is not safe for your pet to drink the water that is in the tree stand. They should always have access to clean water in a convenient location.
2) Tree Ornaments
The ornaments on the tree need to be safe for animals to use. The following items should not be used as decorations for your Christmas tree:
- Glass balls: Animals of all ages, even adults, frequently take them for playthings. Glass balls are susceptible to breaking easily. The animals run the risk of injuring themselves if they come into contact with the shards. Even though wooden or natural jewellery is safer for animals, there is still a possibility that they could choke on it. Be certain that the jewellery does not have any hooks made of metal for hanging it up.
- Tinsel: If ingested, tinsel’s residual lead content makes it harmful to one’s health, and it also has the potential to cause a life-threatening obstruction in one’s intestines.
- Wax candles: Even the slightest contact with wax candles on a Christmas tree can cause pets to catch fire or suffer burns if they are nearby and playing. Please use battery-powered fairy lights in place of candles made of wax. On the other hand, there is a possibility that the cables will be chewed through entirely. Because of this, you must never leave your pets alone with the Christmas tree at any point.
- Snow Spray: This spray is typically applied to the tree or the panes of the window in order to give the appearance of decorative frost flowers and snowflakes. Pets, on the other hand, are more than happy to lick it off, even though doing so puts them at risk of potentially fatal poisoning.
3) Christmas Plants
Poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe are some of the most common Christmas plants that can be found decorating people’s living rooms during the holiday season. When chewed on, these could potentially poison animals that are kept as pets.
It is important to either hang or position the plants in a way that prevents your pet from reaching them, and you should never leave your pet unattended in a room that contains live plants. However, the safest course of action is to steer clear of all hazardous Christmas plants.
Christmas Fact: Christmas Dinner usually contains over 7,000 calories
According to research, the eating and drinking done on Christmas Day alone can add up to more than 7,000 calories per person due to the wine, mixed nuts, multiple helpings of turkey and sides, pie, cheese, and booze. This year, maybe skip the second piece of the pie.
4) Gift Ribbons And Bows
Gift bows and ribbons not only captivate the attention of kittens and puppies but also of mature cats. It is important to remember that suffocation poses a significant risk.
When consumed in sufficient quantities, it has the potential to clog the intestines.
5) Fragrance Oils
Fragrance oil liquids can cause toxicity in pets. Make sure that the canisters of scented oil are out of the animals’ reach and that they are never left alone in the room where the containers are located.
Also, keep in mind that people’s sense of smell is not quite as acute as the one that pets have. What we consider to be relaxing or enjoyable could actually be upsetting to them.
The pet food stores also sell holiday-themed foods that are appropriate for our pets to enjoy during the course of the festive season. If you want to make your significant other happy, it is best to get natural things that have clear ingredient labels rather than becoming sidetracked by the wide variety of possibilities that are accessible.
It doesn’t always have to be the Christmas treat from the store: your pet will also thank you for your time, play, and a long walk, just like they would on any other day with their health and well-being. All you have to do is give it to them.
At our Christmas meal, animals are not permitted under any circumstances. The lid of the garbage can needs to be able to be closed, or the can itself needs to be moved so that it is out of the animals’ reach, in order to stop the animals from “snacking” on the splintered chicken bones, fish bones, and seasoned leftovers that are in there.
When the holidays roll around, a number of people who own pets find that their animals are suffering from serious digestive disorders and even intestinal damage. As a result, these pet owners send their animals to an emergency veterinarian.
7) Be careful, chocolate!
Unfortunately, people still grossly underestimate the risk posed by their pets ingesting chocolate. Theobromine, an element found in most chocolates, is a poisonous substance that can be fatal to dogs and cats.
Pet owners must be extra careful about their pets during the holidays. While most animals will behave well during the holiday season, a few may become more active and start to chew on things they shouldn’t.
Additionally, many dogs might get anxious or excited around people and other animals, which could lead to them biting someone. Therefore, it is important to keep an eye on your pet at all times and ensure they are separated from any open flames or dangerous objects.
If you have questions about how to safely take care of your pet during the holidays, follow our Christmas Guide for pet owners, and don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian or local animal shelter for assistance.