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The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration, but it also comes with potential hazards for our beloved pets. As we immerse ourselves in festive decorations, delicious treats, and lively gatherings, it’s crucial to keep our furry friends in mind and create a safe environment for them. This article will provide valuable tips to ensure your pets have a happy and hazard-free holiday season.

Deck the Halls with Care:

   Securely anchor your Christmas tree to prevent it from toppling over if your curious pet decides to investigate.

   Avoid using tinsel, as it can be tempting for pets to play with and potentially cause intestinal blockages if ingested.

   Place fragile ornaments higher up on the tree, out of reach of playful paws.

Toxic Plants and Decorations:

   Some popular holiday plants like poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe can be toxic to pets if ingested. Keep them out of your pet’s reach or opt for artificial alternatives.

   Check the ingredients of artificial snow sprays and decorative materials, as some may contain harmful chemicals.

Mindful Lighting:

   Ensure that holiday lights and electrical cords are securely fastened and out of your pet’s reach to prevent chewing or entanglement.

   Consider using pet-friendly LED candles instead of traditional candles to eliminate the risk of burns or fire hazards.

Gifts and Wrapping:

   Keep gift wrap, ribbons, and bows away from pets, as they can pose a choking hazard or cause digestive issues if ingested.

   If your pet enjoys unwrapping gifts, be cautious of small items like batteries or small toys that may be harmful if chewed.

Festive Feasts:

   While it’s tempting to share holiday treats with your pet, some foods can be toxic to them, including chocolate, grapes, onions, and alcohol.

   Secure garbage bins to prevent pets from scavenging potentially harmful leftovers.

Quiet Spaces:

   Provide a quiet and safe space for your pet to retreat to if holiday festivities become overwhelming. This can help reduce stress, especially if there are loud noises or unfamiliar guests.

Travel Preparations:

   If you’re traveling with your pet, ensure they are comfortable and secure in a well-ventilated carrier. Bring familiar items such as blankets and toys to provide a sense of comfort.

   If your pet is staying home, arrange for a trusted pet sitter or boarding facility, and provide clear instructions on their care routine.

By taking a few extra precautions and staying mindful of potential hazards, you can create a holiday environment that is enjoyable and safe for both your family and your furry friends. From festive decorations to delicious feasts, let’s make this holiday season a time of joy for everyone, including our cherished pets.

Wishing you much love & many blessings,

© 2023. Sue London, an award-winning Hospice Pet Doula, Animal Communicator, Podcast Host, Author, Speaker, and esteemed Healer, is globally recognized and respected for her exceptional dedication to fostering healing and inspiration. Her unique skills extend not only to pets but also to people, making her a beacon of hope and solace in the world of holistic healing. Sue’s profound ability to deeply connect with people and with animals stems from her personal journey of surviving two near-death experiences. These encounters with the “other side” have transformed her into a powerful bridge between our world and the spiritual realm. Drawing on her empathic gifts, Sue channels heartwarming messages from the souls of people and pets, offering closure, healing relationships, and fostering understanding that might otherwise remain elusive. Thanks to her transformative healing techniques, she has helped countless individuals find solace and forge a deep sense of inner peace. Discover more about Sue London, her work, her products, and services at

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