Pet Safety during the Holidays

Take care of your pets this holiday season by celebrating safely. Here are some things to keep in mind.


With all the hectic planning for the holidays, it’s easy to get caught up in the season and forget to take proper precautions with your animal companions. There are a lot of hazards and opportunities for accidents during the holidays for pets, so here are some things to keep in mind while planning your festivities. Though many of us already have a lot on our plates this time of year, taking these precautions can save you anxiety and trouble down the line, and keep your whole family happy.

Keep ornaments away from your pets!

Decoration Hazards

Keep dangling ornaments, tinsel, swag and ropings out of reach of pets. Some pets are more curious than others, but it’s best to be overly cautious when using anything that could be a choking hazard or poisonous if ingested. Berries on wreaths and branches can be toxic to dogs and cats, as well as poinsettia plants. If you suspect that your pet has eaten something poisonous, or if they’re displaying symptoms like diarrhea or vomiting, call your vet immediately.

If candles are your thing, please be extra cautious when placing them in areas your pets frequent. Use candle holders or lanterns to shield the candle from anything a pet may knock over or move around, like curtains, lamps, and table ornaments.

Of course, any pet owner with a fireplace knows about fireplace safety. Be mindful of treated fireplace logs and kindling materials, as these can be toxic to pets as well.

Christmas Tree Safety