If you celebrate Christmas and plan to put up a tree this year, here are a few tips to help ensure your pet’s safety. Happy Holidays!
Christmas Tree needles contain oils that can be toxic to pets. If ingested or chewed, it can cause irritation and upset stomach or more serious complications like blockage/obstruction or tears/punctures. Chemically enhanced Christmas Trees (especially the ones in Florida!) are even more toxic and have a higher chance of causing stomach irritation. The needles can also be toxic if pets rub or scratch against them, causing itchy irritation, swollen skin and discomfort. It happened to Harley last year and he was miserable. Needless to say, he won’t be rubbing any more trees.
Christmas Tree water can be harmful to pets, causing upset stomach, diarrhea . If chemicals have been used, they can come out into the water and make pets sick. Be safe- try using a water cover to block your animals’ access. If you don’t have a cover, change the water frequently.
Lights on trees and around the house can burn and even shock pets that chew on them. Check the cords regularly to make sure they aren’t damaged. If you notice signs of chewing, move them to a place inaccessible to your pup.
Ornaments are fascinating to puppies, playful pooches and cats alike. If an ornament gets ingested, it can cause upset stomach, tears or punctures. Low hanging ornaments can be swatted from the tree, break and get lodged in your pet’s paws. Some ornaments also contain toxins harmful to pets.