3 tips for protecting your Christmas tree from your Pet! Many people look forward to the holidays because of food, family, and fun. Also, there tends to be a lot of distractions and decoration around, which can be difficult for your dog to deal with. A few stories have emerged of cats pulling down Christmas trees. Some dogs may also do so, and it may become hazardous to them. Follow these tips to protect your Christmas tree against pets:
1. Make Your Dog Familiar with Christmas Trees
It is likely your Christmas tree will only stay in your house for a short time each year. Consequently, your canine companion will need to adjust to it every year. Be sure to leave the tree undecorated for a while after it has been secured. In this way, you will be able to watch how your dog reacts to and interacts with the tree and to get a feel for how it reacts to the tree. Getting your dog comfortable with the tree and knowing what to expect is the first step in decorating.
2. Make sure the tree is secure
Hazardous accidents can occur when trees can tip over or be knocked over. It may be funny when it occurs in movies, but it is certainly not something to laugh at in real life. The weight of a fallen Christmas tree can cause injury to dogs and people who get trapped under it. Moreover, the floor will likely be covered with broken ornaments and become a hazard for everyone.
You should secure your tree regardless of whether it is artificial or real. Ensure that the base of the tree is securely fastened to a high-quality, sturdy stand. You will want to place the Christmas tree in the corner of the room and anchor it to the ceiling and walls. A fishing line tied to anchors in the wall and ceiling is usually sufficient to anchor the tree to the wall. Though taking everything down will require some extra work, this will prevent curious animals from knocking it over.
3. Choose decorations that are dog-friendly
When you start putting up decorations, make sure you keep them dog-friendly.
Lighting and electrical cords
Regardless of how beautiful lights are, electric cords are potentially dangerous. A curious chewer or clumsy dog can be electrocuted if they get tangled in the cords. Lighting should be started higher up, leaving the bottom bare if you want to use lights. Once you have secured the cords running from the tree to the wall, you should hang the tree. Cord clips can be used to keep these out of reach or to hide them underneath a decorative skirt. Furthermore, even though candles are popular decorations, open flames and dogs don’t mix. Use LED candles instead if you must use candles.
Having broken ornaments and decorations is no one’s friend. When placing fragile decorations on your tree, be mindful that they will break easily. Consider using plastic ornaments instead of wood. It is also important that these things are out of your dog’s reach, especially if she chews. Additionally, it is a good idea to choose decorations that are food-free. Based on the size of your dog and their level of excitement, you may not have to decorate the bottom of your tree.
Plants and food
The most important thing to do is to keep toxic foods and plants away from your dog. Humans like to eat chocolate during the holiday season. However, chocolate is toxic for dogs. In some households, candy is common as a holiday gift, especially when guests are present. In any case, it’s best to keep the puppy out of reach and out of reach of any curious animals.
The holidays are popular for holiday plants, but some are toxic to dogs, such as mistletoe, poinsettias, and holly. If you cannot keep your dog from reaching these, it’s best to use artificial versions or refrain from using them at all. Keep fallen pine needles off of your real Christmas tree by picking them up every day, or multiple times a day, as necessary. Needles from pine trees may not be toxic to your dog, but they are sharp and small enough so that they can be consumed. Your dog can suffer injury or blockage if they eat them. They can become lodged in the dog’s mouth or intestines if your dog eats them.
Rather than leaving the presents under the tree, you may want to save them for Christmas morning. Perhaps your dog wouldn’t be interested in eating your presents, but there are plenty of instances of dogs consuming gifts left under the tree. Make sure your dog is safe, and your presents are stored somewhere else, before bringing them out on Christmas. Additionally, because you do not know what’s inside, your dog will not ingest anything toxic or potentially dangerous from the present that you could not see.
Family truly is at the center of the holiday season. This guide will help keep your dog safe during the holidays if it includes a furry, four-legged friend.
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