The Tree and Decorations
- Avoid tinsel if you have a cat, it can be irresistible but harmful if ingested.
- Secure it so it won't fall. Animals can be tempted to interact with a tree so make sure it won't tip and do any harm to them (or your home).
- Block the water Christmas trees sit in. This water can contain toxic chemicals.
- Keep wires, batteries, and hanging ornaments out of reach. There's always other ways to decorate - you don't want your pet chewing on wire that could hurt them.
- Don't leave any lit candles unattended.
Guests and Parties
- Make sure your pet has a quiet retreat so they can do somewhere to feel safe
- Tell your guests you have a pet, and if necessary instruct them on how to interact
Make sure your guests to not feed your pet anything toxic like chocolate, onions, xylitol, etc. See this list for more.
Travel and Weather
- Choose boarding or pet sitting carefully.
- Consult your vet about airplane travel for your pet.
- If the weather is cold, make sure your pet has shelter and/or limited exposure time.
- If your pet is indoor more than usual, make extra time for play or make sure they have enough toys.
- Make sure you know the number of your local emergency vet, especially when traveling or leaving it for a pet sitter.
ASPCA emergency poison control hotline for pets (there may be a fee) 1-888-426-4435.
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