Some animals can be more than intrigued with Christmas trees and all of the glittery, shiny balls that adorn them. With this being said, it is asked, “Are these special little trinkets that we don our trees truly harmful to our pets?” The answer is, yes. They are actually.
If you think about it, Christmas is full of things we use for decorations that are right up an animal’s alley in the way of toys. We use garland, tinsel, pine-smelling this and pine-smelling that, things that jingle, things that jangle, bells, things that squeak like mice and so on. It’s a pet’s “Graceland” to be surrounded by so many wonderful things! So, what can we as pet owners do if the furry members of our family refuse to leave the tree alone? Make it pet-friendly!
Below are just a few suggestions (please feel free to post your suggestions as well at the bottom of this post!):
Finally, keep one eye and one ear open at all times if you have indoor pets. The trees alone (real or artificial) are toxic in and of themselves if ingested.
A great source for more information can be found on vetmedicine.about.com.
Merry Christmas and here’s to a very memorable year of decorating your Christmas tree, if you choose to have one!