Holiday Safety Tips for Pet Owners

by Lisa Fimberg on October 30, 2020

The holiday season is upon us.  It is that festive time of year when most pet parents put up a tree, menorah or just some holiday lights to capture the holiday spirit.

And who enjoys playing with those holiday decorations even more than a child unwrapping their presents?  PETS!

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While most pet parents are very mindful of their dogs and cats around Christmas trees and decorations, no one can watch their pets all day long. Who knows what mischief might occur?

No pet owner ever wants his or her furry family member to be hurt or have an unforeseen accident during the holiday season, but they do occur.

Consider displaying a pet safety kit among your holiday items, as well as holiday safety tips for pet parents.

Below are some simple tips and reminders to provide pet owners during the holidays:

Christmas Trees: If putting up a Christmas tree, make sure it is securely anchored in its holder, so it does not tip over and fall. Having the tree secured can also prevent the tree water from spilling out which can be toxic to pets. A tree skirt tucked over the stand can help prevent pets from drinking its water.  Pine needles are also very dangerous for both cats and dogs if they nibble or ingest them.

Holiday Mistletoe and Poinsettias:  Mistletoe and poinsettia plants are almost a staple during the holiday season.  And as much as pet owners love them, so do their pets!  Unfortunately, both can be dangerous and potentially toxic to both dogs and cats.  It’s important that the mistletoe and poinsettias are placed somewhere where cats and dogs are unable to reach them.  They can be placed on the front porch, steps, or high mantles where they can be admired but away from wet noses and jumpers.

Ornaments:  Cats love ornaments, particularly the sparkly ones.   They get curious (as cats do!) and will happily bat and smack the ornaments off the tree and around the floor.  Glass or other fragile ornaments are subject to their ultimate doom and destruction, causing a mess and potentially dangerous walking areas.

Dogs may believe ornaments (especially those shaped like a ball) are a fun toy, put on the tree for them to play, chew or bring to you for a game of fetch.  Obviously, a glass or fragile ornament in a dog’s mouth is dangerous.

Be strategic about ornament placement or grab some non-toxic sprays that will dissuade any pooch.  If it worked when your puppy was teething, it can help remind a pup what is not for play!

Wires need to be secured and tucked away:  All wires from the holiday lights or any other decorations should be tucked away securely so neither cats nor dogs get tangled in them.  Cord covers or zip ties can keep the wires safeguarded and against the wall and out of the way of pets and children.

Have a pet safety kit handy:  It is always a good idea for pet owners to have a pet safety kit at home, not only during the holidays, but all year round.  Pets can be mischievous and get into things any day of the week and particularly the holidays.

Watch the treats and desserts: Most pet parents know that chocolate, and anything sweetened with xylitol is dangerous to pets.  But of course, pets love anything within paws reach! Make sure the pets stay away from any meals or plates of food that are being offered to family or guests.

The holidays are a fun and joyous time of year.  By being mindful and keeping their eyes on the pets and guests, pet parents can enjoy the holiday season!

If your customers have any issues or questions with their pets during the holidays or any time of year, our agents team is here to help!  Make sure to contact our Success Team: to learn more.



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