Keeping Your Best Friend Safe During The Holidays

Mr. Henry gave me a bark about some safety tips to keep in mind over the holiday season. Decorating and putting up the tree are...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Dec 10th 2008


Mr. Henry gave me a bark about some safety tips to keep in mind over the holiday season.

Decorating and putting up the tree are always fun to do, but there are some dangers to keep in mind when it comes to your furry friend.

Michael’s Pet Sitting of NYC shared this wonderful list of holiday pet safety tips:

  • If you decorate with plants, be careful. Cats, dogs and birds can nibble household plants, and many, including mistletoe and some poinsettias, can make your pet very ill. Be sure your holiday greenery is out of your pet’s reach.
  • The same is true if you have a Christmas tree. Put only unbreakable, nontoxic decorations at the bottom of the tree so there is no danger of your little ones batting a glass ball and breaking it, or of your pup chewing up your grandmother’s antique bubble lights.
  • Why not put some kitty baubles or doggie toys on the lower branches instead? Or, if you have both pets and kids, put the tree and gifts into a playpen. It may not stop Kitty, but at least the tree won’t easily fall down if she climbs it.
  • If you have a live tree, wrap the base so your pets won’t drink from the tree’s water, and keep the birds away from the tree. Many modern live trees are covered in chemicals that can be toxic to your little friends.
  • It’s also important to be especially careful with candles. Your cat or bird may be enticed by the flicker of the flame, and could singe his whiskers or worse. Place glass “hurricane lanterns” or other attractive covers over candles to protect your home and your pets.

Those are just a few of the great tips given, go to A Happy And Healthy Holiday Season For Your Furry Loved Ones to read the full list.

If you’re in the New York City area and looking for someone to watch over your furry friends this holiday season, please consider Michael’s, (718) 748-9059.

* The cutie pictured is Jake, see what happens when you don’t read all the safety tips.