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Pet Safe Holiday Tips

Dec 14, 2017 | Holidays

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, What a Temptation You Are to Me…

The safest place for your Christmas tree is in a room that’s off limits to your pet. If that’s not feasible, situate it in a corner that you can block off with a play fence or other obstruction.

Be sure to secure your Christmas tree to your ceiling or walls with fishing line or some sort of discrete string. This will help prevent Fido or Fluffy from tipping it over onto him/herself, or onto someone else.

Pine needles (real and artificial) can seriously injure your pet if they are ingested. Keep your pet away from the water for your live Christmas tree as they may be getting a dose of tree fertilizer or other harmful chemicals with their drink. 

Do not put aspirin, sugar or anything else in the water at the base of your tree if you have pets. Some of these additives can be extremely toxic for pets.

Secure any electrical cords for holiday lights so your pets can’t get to them. Some pets like to use them as chew toys, and that can lead to a shocking experience!

Christmas lights can get extremely hot, giving your dog or cat a bad little burn if they venture over to sniff or touch them.

Finally – remember that if any pet emergencies arise during this holiday season, AZPetVet is always ready and willing to help out. Happy Holidays to all!

Keep this number handy: Pet Poison Control Hotline: (888) 426-4435

Disclaimer: Not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding the medical condition of your pet. If you think your pet has a medical emergency, call or visit your veterinarian or your local veterinary emergency hospital immediately.