Beware of the Three C’s of Christmas

by VetDepot on December 23, 2011

Christmas blogChristmas trees, Christmas candy, and Christmas candles are the three C’s of Christmas that can mean danger for your pets.

Christmas tree safety includes:

  • Only using plain water in your tree stand. Some commercial preparations include ingredients like aspirin, which can potentially be dangerous for pets.
  • Place any delicate glass ornaments high up on your tree – the ornament glass is often very thin and sharp when broken.
  • Make sure your tree is very stable as to not topple over on curious pets. Add a tie from the wall or ceiling if necessary.
  • Avoid tinsel, which can “pleat up” in your pet’s intestines and require emergency surgery if ingested.
  • Avoid food decorations like popcorn because they attract pets to the tree.

Christmas candy safety means:

  • Keep all chocolate candy safely away from pets. Chocolate has caffeine and theobromine, which makes it toxic to four-legged friends.
  • Too much sugar is not good for your pets, so stick to cat or dog treats specifically made for pets.
  • Some holiday candies include liquors which can be hazardous for pets.
  • Do not put candy ornaments on the tree where pets have easy access.

Christmas candle safety means:

  • Never leaving lit candles unobserved – they can easily be knocked over by an inquisitive dog or flicked by a cat’s tail
  • Some holiday candles have scents and/or flavors that are attractive to pets – stomach upsets or toxicities can result from your pet eating or chewing on them.
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