Keep Your Pet Safe At Christmas

Keeping Your Pet  Safe At ChristmasChristmas is a wonderful time of year but can also be dangerous for our pets. Keep your pet safe at Christmas with these simple tips will ensure you and your pet will both have a happy holiday.

Turkey Bones:

Although it may be tempting to give your pet a treat at Christmas, under no circumstances should they be given turkey bones. The small bones or fragments of the bones from a turkey can lodge themselves in your pets throat, stomach or intestines.

Holiday Plants:

Mistletoe and Holly are extremely poisonous when eaten. Keep them out of reach of your pets.

Decorations and Electrical Cords:

Holiday ornaments and decorations should be hung in places where curious puppies and kittens can’t reach them. A broken glass ornament might upset you but could also mean an unexpected trip to the vet to remove glass from a paw or two. Tinsel and ribbons can cause intestinal injury so keep them out of reach of pets. Holiday lights mean more electrical cords for kittens and puppies to chew. Be sure you have cords secured and out-of-the-way.


Lighted candles should never be left unattended, with or without pets around. Make sure that candles are not within an excited dog’s tail wag or a swat of a paw. Hot wax can quickly become serious. Anchor candles securely.


Keep your chocolate goodies well out reach of your dog or cat. Too much can be lethal and even a little can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

Christmas Tree:

Secure your Christmas tree to the wall to prevent it being knocked over by rambunctious or climbing animals.

Stress and Company:

Make sure doors to the outside are kept closed so that curious pets can’t escape when no-one is watching. Warn visitors that your normally friendly pet may be feeling anxious with all the comings and goings. Ask your visitors to keep their food and drinks out of reach of your pets. Keep a safe place readily available for your pet to retreat to when they’ve had too much holiday fun.

Keep these simple things in mind and you and your pet(s) are sure to have a happy and safe holiday!


  1. I have never thought about all the things that a pet would experience during the holidays. I promised my child a cat next year. I am going to bookmark this article. I think it will be helpful next year when we have our new friend.

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