Make sure the holidays are great for pets and people with our easy holiday safety tips


Everyone loves the holidays, but the last thing you want is Santa robbed of his cookies and milk, a ruined dinner, a vandalized Christmas tree or nibbled plants that can result in an untimely trip to the emergency veterinarian. Here are 7 things you can do to make the holidays safer for your pet – and more relaxed for you!


  • Keep people food out of the reach of your pet and ask your guests to do the same
  • Make sure your pet doesn’t have any access to treats, especially those containing chocolate, xylitol, grapes/raisins, onions or other toxic foods
  • Don’t leave your pet alone in the room with lit candles, a decorated tree or potpourri
  • Keep holiday plants (especially holly, mistletoe and lilies) out of reach of pets
  • Consider leaving the tinsel off your tree if you have a cat
  • Secure your Christmas tree to keep it from falling over if your dog bumps it or your cat climbs it; hanging lemon-scented car air fresheners in the tree may deter your cat from climbing it
  • If your pet is excitable or scared when you have company, consider putting your pet in another room with some of his/her toys, a comfortable bed, etc. or providing a safe place for your pet to escape the excitement (such as a kennel, crate, perching place, scratching post shelf or hiding place)

Click here to download a printable version of our fact sheet for easy reference.

Happy holidays!


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