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Black dog and xmas lights

4 Tips for Keeping your pets safe during the Holiday Season

The Holidays are a joyous occasion, but our pets may be curious about these new and shiny or smelly objects coming into our homes. Here are some things to consider when decorating and entertaining.

Black dog and xmas lights
Black dog and xmas lights

The Christmas tree

The tree may be beautiful, but it can host a lot of concerns for your pet. the oils or pesticides used for the tree can pose a problem for your dog as well as the needles from real or artificial trees. The needles can obstruct or pierce the GI tract.

Items on the tree may also pose a problem. Wire ornament hangers and ornaments can pose a threat. The shiny ornament can be a challenge for your pet to retrieve, but may be made with toxic materials and if ingested cause your pet harm. Tinsel is a particularly hazardous material as it gan cause an obstruction that would require surgical removal.

Chewing on a string of lights, or playing with plugs in the wall could lead to electric shock.


Holiday plants such as Pointsettas, Holly and Mistletoe can cause symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. They may also cause a sudden drop in blood pressure, or even hallucinations.

Amaryllus and Lillies can cause GI issues, convultions and lead to kidney failure.


Candles may contain essential oils which may be toxic to pets. Leaving an open flame burning unattended may lead to disaster if a pet knocks over the candle


Chocolate is popular anytime, but in abundance during this season of festivities. Chocolate however can be toxic for your pet. Additionally candy that contains xyletol may be toxic.

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Tracy Allard

    Great tips Nancy and the picture of the lights reel leading out of the frame is perfect! Great composition!

  2. Nicole

    Thanks for sharing! love the portrait!

  3. Angela Schneider

    I love your take on “dog plus Christmas lights.” It’s festive, sweet and safe!

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