Holiday decorations are a large part of holiday festivities. We put up Christmas trees, hang garland and tinsel, put out candy canes, bowls of peppermint candies, and pine cones galore. We enjoy the smell of evergreen trees, peppermint and cinnamon and we are captivated by the splendor of the season’s decorations. Just remember, that all these additions are not necessarily safe for pets, and a little precaution can help prevent them from getting into danger.
Christmas treats smell wonderful and are enticing to our furry friends. Remember that their sense of smell is much sharper than ours, so if we find something irresistible chances are they will too! Human candies are too sugary for our animal friends and chocolate can be especially dangerous to some pets. If it is possible, enclose your candies in aesthetically pleasing seal-able jars.
In the wild, animals munch on leaves and greenery to aide in digestion. Be mindful of how your holiday decorations can mimic greenery. Ingesting large quantities of fake garland can cause a blockage in your pet’s intestines that may need to be removed via surgery. The same is true for tinsel on a Christmas tree. The way that it glitters is attractive to animals and they tend to want to play with it. Tinsel, when ingested, acts like hair and creates a mass so be aware of how your pet may be attracted to it.
By spending a little extra time to animal proof your decorations and to work with your animals so they know what they can and can’t partake in, you can help make the holidays a safe time for everyone in your family.