Get the perfect holiday gifts for your pal
Giving your pets presents makes the holidays even more fun. But there are a few things you should consider when buying pet toys. Here are some tips to help you purchase quality toys and accessories you know are safe and appropriate.
Keep your special friends safe this season
That glittering, sparkling tower of a tree you put up to celebrate Christmas is your joy, but could be your pet's greatest temptation. Take a few extra precautions and everyone in the family can enjoy a happy holiday.
Holiday Safety Rules
Cats are particularly likely to shimmy up to survey life from the Christmas-tree perspective. Place your tree away from furniture that can be used as a springboard and supervise your pets around the tree.
It’s important to secure your tree so it can’t fall whether it’s your cat climbing or your dog running by and knocking into it. Place it in a corner and attach it to the wall on each side with rope and small hooks. Or fasten it to the ceiling securely using clear fishing line.
No eating or drinking
Lay down plastic sheeting under your tree to catch any needles when the tree is moved. And sweep often to keep pets from swallowing fallen needles; both real and artificial needles are sharp and indigestible.
If you have a live tree, don’t let your animal drink from the water. And don’t decorate with edible ornaments or trim like popcorn garlands or cranberry strings. It’s pretty unfair to expect a pet to completely ignore food hanging on the tree.
Electrical cords present a grave danger to your pets, especially puppies who like to chew it all. Hide the cords well with special cord covers or set them up where pets can’t reach them at all.
Hang ornaments using a loop of string tied securely so your cat or dog doesn’t catch their mouth on a hook or be injured stepping on one.
The tree is supposed to be off-limits, but of course ornaments dangling and glittering only attract your pet’s attention. Tree lights can get very hot and may choke a pet.
Keep lower branches free of ornaments so curious cats and inquisitive pups aren’t able to paw them or sniff them. You may want to store gifts out of the way until right before the holiday to avoid packages with teeth marks and tears.
Shiny, twinkling, twisting tinsel and garland are extremely tempting to cats and even some dogs. But they can cause intestinal obstructions that require surgery if your pet eats them. Instead, try decorating with large bows of velvet ribbon which are just as festive but much safer.
The most important thing you can do around the holidays to keep your pets safe is to supervise them. Hang out with them as they inspect the decorations and use positive reinforcement to get them to leave the tree alone. Your holidays will be happier for it!
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