You’re in the kitchen making dinner; it’s a typical weeknight. Then, all of a sudden, you hear it.

Rustle rustle rustle

Startled, you put down the salad you’re preparing and walk out the living room. Then, you hear another noise.

Rustle rustle clink…meow

You almost don’t want to look, but you know you have too.

Your cat has scaled the Christmas tree again, this time taking a couple of ornaments down with her. As you go to grab her from amidst the branches, you notice she has sap stuck in between her claws and you wonder: “Is my Christmas tree really safe for my cat to be around?”

Keeping your cat or dog safe is always one of your top priorities, and ours as well. That’s why we would like you to have these tips for ensuring the health of your pet (and your Christmas tree) this holiday season.

  • Don’t flock your tree! Although the fake snow looks aesthetically pleasing, the substance can be toxic if ingested by your furry friend. 
  • Keep your pets away from the tree water. If you are investing in a real Christmas tree, it may have been treated with chemical preservatives. Deter your pet from drinking out of the base of the tree by purchasing a tree skirt or placing objects in front as a barrier. 
  • Hang lights higher up on the tree. Your pet plus Christmas lights equal a potential fire hazard and possible bodily harm to your animal. Do your best to keep them hung at a height that your pet can’t reach. 
  • Invest in soft ornaments. If your pet is especially rambunctious, it may not be a bad idea to use ornaments that are made of a softer material rather than glass or metal. That way, if your pet causes your decorations to fall to the ground, there will be less destruction and mess. 
  • Don’t let your pet eat the needles. In the case of real Christmas trees, their needles can be mildly toxic to pets and cause gastrointestinal issues.
  • Ditch the tinsel and the edible decorations. If a pet ingests tinsel, it can often lead to surgical removal. Popcorn strings can pose a similar danger and also disrupt a pet’s stomach. 

With the proper steps, both your pet and your tree can live together in peace. But of course, if you have any questions about additional steps you can take, please give our team a call! We’d love to help.

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