Christmas. It is such an amazing and heartfelt holiday that even when you read the word, you smile. This wonderous day is where your spend time with your loved ones, huddled around by the fire with hot chocolate, eating the cookies that should be out for Santa, and having no thought or responsibility (sometimes!) Well, if you have a pet, the holiday has some hazardous to watch out for. There are gifts on the floor, chocolate and other goodies on tables, as well as a huge tree with heavy ornaments and electricity running through it. So, for all of you back at home who are now worried about your animals safety, here are four tips to making sure that your animal is having as great a Christmas as you.
1) Watch out for the types of ornaments that are near where the dogs can get to. Let's face it; there will not be avoiding breaking ornaments. That is just something that happens around Christmas. But, if you put the light and plastic ornaments near the bottom and the heavier, glass ones towards the top or out of reach, then the animals cannot hurt themselves on the glass or choke on it if eaten. This is the best way to not run into any complications.
2) Mistletoe, Holly, and Poinsetta. These are three types of plants that are perfect for this holiday but they are as poisonous as chocolate is to dogs. Watch where these are placed so the animals do not nibble on the leaves or get to it. Along with this, macadamnia nuts, coffee, and any type of alcholic drink are dangerous.
3) Keep the tree away from the animal. If you have a small, artifical tree, instead of putting it on the ground in your animals favorite room, try putting it up on top of a book case or something similar. If the tree is big and cannot do this, but keeping the tree out of the way of the animals is important. They could knock it over and the pet animal could be hurt.
4) Have fun and enjoy your holiday. If you are anything like me, I am always busy. There are times when I do not get to spend time with my beloved animals. Take the well-needed break and enjoy the time with your family and your pets. Make it a plan to play or give your animal your undivided attention for an hour a day. They will love it.
If you want to check it out, here is a hilarious video, Cats vs Christmas Trees, about why the Christmas trees should be out of the way, told in a lovely montage of cats attacking it. It is quite amusing.
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! I hope everyone has a great and magical time, along with giving and recieveing some awesome gifts. I will see you all in the New Year!