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How to Pet-Proof Your Home at Christmas

It’s Christmas soon, and whilst you may have put all of your decorations up, done all of your Christmas shopping and bought all of the food for your Christmas Dinner, have you really thought about how to pet-proof your home at this time of year? Here are a few things you should think about to make your home as safe for your pet as possible, and to stop any pet-related disasters this Christmas!

Make sure you hang all of your baubles and other decorations on the uppermost branches of your tree. You don’t want any to fall off on to your pet, or drop on the floor for them to stand on! Think about whether investing in those pretty but delicate glass ornaments is really the best thing for them, especially if they are likely to pounce on the tree!

Christmas lights should also be avoided around the bottom of the tree or anywhere in the home your pet could reach, as you don’t want them to chew through any wires and burn their mouth. Also, tape the wires to the wall or floor to prevent them from chewing or tripping over them. An artificial tree would probably be the best option, since any ingested needles could get caught in their intestinal lining. Bear in mind that your pet could also drink the water at the base of the tree, which is dangerous with added fertiliser.

Keep any holly and mistletoe out of reach, since these will look like tasty treats to your pet! Leave any edible decorations off your tree so they won’t be tempted, and place tinsel way out of reach. Even just a small amount of this can make animals severely ill. Also, keep any candles high up so that your pet can’t jump up and access them.

If your pet likes to chew, and you don’t want to find out what you’ve got early this year, then make sure you don’t place presents under the tree. Your curious pet may wander over and rip the paper off, or even worse start chewing the gifts!

Just remember to consider your pet around this time of year, and factor their needs into your Christmas celebrations. That way, you can both have an enjoyable and safe Christmas.