10 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe Around The Christmas Tree
It’s that time of the year when we bring a little of the outdoors indoors. The Christmas Tree. Here are 10 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe Around The Christmas Tree.
1. Make sure your tree is secure
Place your tree in a corner if possible. If not make sure that your tree is secure to avoid your dog knocking it over. If you think there might still be a possibility of a tree disaster you can place a plastic drink bottle filled with anything that creates noise on the tree’s bottom limbs to warn you of an impending tree disaster.
2. Use a Tree Skirt
If you have a real tree and your dog is able to get underneath the tree make sure the tree stand water is covered so your dog cannot drink from it. Do not add any toxic tree preservatives to the water.
3. Leave the bottom branches free of lights
Do not put lights on the tree’s lower branches. Not only can your pet get tangled up in the lights but they can burn their fur, be enticed to try to play with the lights or chew through the wires. Hide any visible wires at the back of the tree.
4. Leave the bottom branches free of tinsel
Do not put tinsel on the tree’s lower branches. Not only can your pet chew and swallow tinsel but they could get tangled up in the tinsel which could topple your tree.
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5. Use plastic ornaments
Choose plastic ornaments over glass. Glass ornaments such as baubles can shatter causing harm to your dog. It is also wise to leave the bottom branches free of ornaments to prevent a curious dog trying to play with an interesting, new ‘toy’.
6. Do not use chocolate decorations
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7. Sweep up pine needles
If opting for a live Christmas tree this year, keep the area free and clear of pine needles. While they may not seem dangerous, the needles can be harmful to your dog if ingested.
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8. Avoid edible ornaments
It is not just chocolate ornaments that are cause for concern. Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and will easily sniff out edible ornaments. Whilst the ingredients of which may not be toxic to dogs an eager dog trying to reach the ornament might mean trouble.
9. Seasonal plants can be toxic to dogs
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10. Presents beneath the tree
Gifts beneath the tree look great but be mindful of your dog opening them before Christmas morning and spoiling the surprise.
Keep safe and keep having fun with your dog during this festive season.