Yes, it’s totally possible for your 120-lb Great Dane to eat an ornament. We wouldn’t recommend it.
But don’t freak out! There’s a few simple things that you can do to help keep your pets safe and warm this holiday season. Knowing is more than half the battle in this case, and hopefully you can learn a little bit about what we’d recommend for your pet’s safety when dealing with all of the fun Christmas traditions and uncles that sneak food to your cat under the table.
Decorating Your Christmas Tree
Most people have heard to keep their breakable or delicate ornaments towards the top of the tree for children, but this is also a good idea for pets! Cats LOVE paw and punch the shiny and glittery ornaments that sway ever-so-slightly in the breeze of the fan or A/C. Make sure your fragile ornaments are carefully placed out of paw’s reach. If possible, take inventory of what furniture is close to the tree. Not picking on cats, but they’ll climb the nearest item and sometimes even jump into the tree to get your favorite peacock ornament hanging on the tree.
Turkey Bones = Bad for Pets
A rehash of Thanksgiving, many families cook Turkey for their big Holiday meal on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. While Fido will surely love to chew and gnaw on the bones of the Christmas turkey (or goose, if you’re into the Muppet Christmas Carol), the bones are likely to splinter and cause serious intestinal issues for your dog. Turkey meat, when cooked thoroughly, is ok for them to eat, but be careful to keep the bones away.
Live Christmas Trees
The smell of a live Christmas Tree in the house is absolutely intoxicating. However, the upkeep to make sure the tree stays fresh and beautiful for the whole month can bring in some elements that could be potentially dangerous for pets. Just make sure your pets stay away from the stagnant water in the base of the tree. Put some larger presents (if possible) around the base of the tree to make a barrier, or wrap the base in crinkled newspaper or something to make a racket when they step on it. The noise may very likely scare the pet enough to deter them from the dirty water.
Your Dog Will Try to Eat Everything
Whether it’s chocolate, holiday candy, batteries for your new toys, fishing lures, wrapping paper, ribbons, or the whole wreath, all of the new sites and smells encourage your pets to check everything out – that includes taking a little taste. Especially if your animals roam the house while you’re away, know that it’s definitely possible for the exploring to turn into a full-on time-to-open-presents tear. Make sure mistletoe is high enough to be unreachable as well.
Make Sure Family Knows the Rules
Whether you’re bringing your pet to the parent’s house, or you’re a visitor and unfamiliar with the family pet(s), make sure you know the house rules. Kids especially need to be aware of what kind of food is safe for cats or dogs. The added stress of large numbers of people around pets can cause unusual behavior in pets as a reaction to said stress. Play it safe, have a gentle but firm hand with family members around your pets! Everyone will be grateful for a safe, fun environment!