Make sure that when guests are visiting your home they are careful not to let your pet escape out the front door. Put a sign on the door to remind guests who might not remember to keep the family pet inside. Make sure your pet has proper identification and always keep him on a leash when out and about.
n Poisonous holiday plants
While certain plants may make your home look festive for the holidays, many of these plants are very poisonous to pets. Keep ivy, holly and poinsettia plants out of reach.
n Fire hazard
Never leave lit candles unattended, as pets can easily knock them over and cause a fire or burn themselves.
n Gift wrap
Keep wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, string and scissors away from pets. Resist the temptation to tie a ribbon around your dog’s or cat’s neck. This may look cute, but can potentially be very dangerous.
Christmas tree safety
n O Christmas tree
Place the Christmas tree in a stable stand to keep it from moving or falling on your pet.
n Tree decorations
Hang all fragile and treasured ornaments higher up on the tree to avoid breakage and possible consumption. Ingestion of glass ornaments can be fatal. Christmas lights and fixtures should be taped down and cords should be covered to avoid shocks and burns to curious pets.
n Edible ornaments
Decorating the tree with food such as candy canes, gingerbread men or popcorn can be pretty but also very dangerous if a pet decides to eat some of it.