Keep Holiday Pet Safety in Mind

A little forethought as you decorate and celebrate this season will keep your animals healthy and safe. Here are a few tips.


  • When you have a party, consider keeping your dog in a crate as guests come and go to make sure pup doesn’t escape during frequent door openings.
  • As you entertain, keep food out of reach. Rich human food can upset sensitive pet tummies or even be dangerous (especially chocolate, which can be toxic or even fatal to pets).
  • Keep your garbage covered so curious critters don’t ingest dangerous substances or small bones.


  • Keep delicate ornaments high. Broken glass can cut your pet’s feet and be very dangerous if swallowed.
  • Keep those edible ornaments, such as cookies and candy canes, up high, too.
  • Secure your Christmas tree. Choose a safe spot, make sure your tree is mounted carefully in a stable stand and don’t let your pets drink the water from the stand.
  • Skip the tinsel, which can be dangerous if swallowed.

Other Holiday Hazards

  • Hide or tape down extra electric cords to prevent shocks and tangles.
  • Be extra careful with open flames. Make sure you put a screen in front of your fireplace. Place candles up high on a stable surface, and never leave them burning unattended.
  • Watch the ribbons. Colorful and tempting, ribbons can be dangerous for pets if they eat or get tangled in them.
  • Be careful where you place plants. Keeping them well away from your pets, including bird cages. Many plants we commonly use for holiday decorating are extremely toxic for animals, including:
    • poinsettias
    • holly
    • ivy
    • amaryllis
    • mistletoe
    • cyclamen
    • narcissus
    • kalanchoe
    • most lilies

Everyone here at The Animal Store wishes you and your pets a safe and happy holiday season. We have lots help and advice for holiday pet safety in your home and while traveling. Ask your questions here, or come in and talk to one of our expert staff.

We’d love to hear about your favorite pet holiday memory, so please leave a comment.

Photo credit: Christmas Dog by oscar hdz