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How To Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season

Updated on September 10, 2013
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Kris Manley is a blogger, author, and speaker. She's a guest on radio in the U.S., Canada, and overseas, as well as a guest on network TV.

Don't forget to protect Max and Milo around Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other Holidays.


Around the holidays we are so concerned about purchasing gifts and making sure the children have what they want and/or need. We think about other gift ideas for parents, grandparents, teachers, friends, and co-workers, but what about your pets? What do they need? How do you care for them around the Holidays? Yes, you may be thinking about that doggy or kitty toy, but is your house safe for your pets around the holidays? We child proof our homes around the holidays, but do we pet proof our homes too?

10 Tips To Keep Your Pets Safe Around The Holidays.

  1. If you are having a holiday party and your pets are small, be reminded that they can be stepped on unintentionally. So to keep them from becoming mini door mats put them in their room with their toys, food, bed, and monitor - yes monitor (like a baby monitor); you want to hear what's going on where they are. If they whine or meow or make other noises for a long period of time, you want to check on them.
  2. An alternative pet safe party idea is to place your pet with a neighbor that it's familiar with, or put your pet in a kennel. Pets can be excitable or scared around new house guests. Your pet may also be frightened of loud sounds or noises. I had a friend whose dog used to get so excited that she would pee on the carpet each time guests came over to visit.
  3. Please, don't feed the animals - ask your holiday guests to keep their drinks and food away from your pet.
  4. Do you plan on having holiday plants around the house? Keep them away from your pets, especially, mistletoe, lilies, poinsettias, and holly. Poinsettias will give pets somewhat of an upset stomach - read why in this Hub: Holly berries and mistletoe berries, if eaten in large numbers, by cats and dogs can cause vomiting and diarrhea along with some upset in the GI tract. Cats can suffer kidney failure after ingesting just a small amount of a lily.
  5. If you have any lit candles, don't leave your pet in a room with them. It could be a disaster if they knock them over.
  6. Make sure your pets stay away from treats containing chocolate, raisins, grapes, xylitol, onions and other foods that are considered to be toxic to animals.
  7. Chicken and turkey bones are a no, no for your pet; they can splinter.
  8. If you have a cat you might not want to put tinsel on your Christmas tree. If the cat eats the tinsel it can block the cat's intestines.
  9. Electrical cords can be a hazard to your pets - especially if you have a "chewer" for a pet. Not securing your electrical cords could be a shock to your pet - no pun intended.
  10. Timberrrrrrrr! You don't want your Christmas tree to be knocked over by your pet, so secure it. You know that cats love to climb, so hang a lemon-scented car air freshener in the tree to act as a climbing deterrent.

Holiday Puppy
Holiday Puppy | Source

Other Pet Safe Ideas

  • If children will visit your home around the holidays ask their parents if they like pets. Children can be harmful to animals if not properly supervised. I'm just saying.
  • Is your pet allergic to certain smells. Some guests will have on perfume and cologne and want to snuggle with your pet. How will that perfume or cologne affect your pet?
  • Aunt Sally says, "have pet will travel." But you say, "not to my house." Don't let guests who might own "bully" pets bring them to your house. Why should your precious Milo have a boxing match over the holidays and a paw print in the face?
  • Use disposable dishware for the holidays. Why? You don't want to stack up used plates and glasses on the counter until morning. Your pet may want to lick the excess food particles off of them. Again, keep them safe from alcohol residue in glasses which can be toxic to them along with leftover chocolate cake left on a plate. Don't forget to take the trash out so your pet won't attempt to go into it.
  • Make sure your pet's collar doesn't get caught on a decoration you've place in an unusual place - choking your pet and pulling down or off the decoration.


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      Renee 3 years ago

      These are some great ideas on keeping my pets safe - I have not given much thought to this. Thanks

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      Anne 3 years ago

      This is a wonderful article. I'm glad I came across it. I have two little Terriers I want to keep safe from the Holiday madness.

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      Amanda 3 years ago

      Create pet friendly ideas to keep them safe and sound.

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi rjsadowski, thanks.

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      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      Good advice for keeping our pets safe.

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi Peggy W, yes, I am a pet lover. Thanks

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kristine,

      You are obviously a pet lover and many of these tips are good ones. Thanks for sharing these ideas. Voted up and useful.

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi Ace Critic PW, thanks.

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      Ace Critic PW 5 years ago from Cleveland, TX

      Great Hub. The light humor gave a good read. ~Ace Critic PW