10 tips to keep your dog and home and Christmas tree safe this Christmas
Very Close to Christmas now and most all or all will have their Christmas tree and decorations up, it’s always an excitable time for our home with three children and an excitable dog!
I found from experience dogs and indoor trees of any kind but ones with wires and light is a disaster waiting to happen.
I’ve found some potential hazards waiting to happen and some that already have so wanted to give tips to prevent any mishaps for others over the Christmas period.
Christmas decorations can be mistaken for dog toys and can become a dog's desire to get something off the tree you have spent hours putting up! So I have come up with 10 tips to help keep your Christmas mess-free as possible.
Fix the tree properly
Christmas tree falling over is one off the biggies, this happens so many times if your dog is excitable and curious to explore on the other side of the tree, your tree could possibly fall over without the right support this could cause injury and mess so best to get it fixed properly.
Ensure your tree stand is the correct size for your Christmas tree and will hold your tree steady, to ensure its really fixed, you could tie to the wall, however probably not great to damage walls so maybe add something heavy around the tree fixing to give extra support then but tinsel around to hide.
Elevate to keep out of tail shot
Keep your tree out of reach by elevating it off the ground. Not only will this keep curious paws and happy wagging tails off the tree, but it will also avoid any potential toileting issues too.
Simply pop your tree on a secure table. You will get more present under and around tree too so extra bags from Santa clause maybe need!
Buy an Artificial tree to Re-use
Can’t beat a real tree, except when the needles drop off before Christmas day but are something really special about a real tree, the smell alone! However, an Artificial tree could be a good option and safer for your dog. Pine needles can also be pointy which could cause eye injuries if they get too close. Fallen needles can stick into dog paws, and they can also cause an upset tummy if ingested.
You can get really nice artificial trees to suit all budgets and you can re-use each year to save on the environment, as long as you use it for many years, I think it is a good option.
Cover the water
However, if you’re like me and love a real tree, your best to keep the tree well-watered however stagnated water is potentially harmful to your dog so ensure it's covered and if this is not possible refresh to ensure none of the potential toxic needles give your dog an upset stomach
Careful with Wires
Lights on a tree are a must as well as Christmas Pud with Brandy sauce! :) But can be very attractive to dogs and pups, and could be risk for potential electric shock as well as being strangled, so try keeping the lights off the lower branches, Regards to the wiring try to keep it out of reach too maybe keep it down with some electric tape, you could even go safer by using battery-powered lights, they will not give a powerful electric shock if bitten
Probably best not to have Glass, as can be knocked and paws and FEET can be hurt. However if its want you want just make sure they are on higher branch ensuring well attached. But I would suggest keeping to safer decorations like paper or if re-using plastic.
Not to Edible decorations
We used to like to add chocolates on our tree until we realised the kids weren’t eating their dinners and the tree was looking less full with decorations and the dog was looking at the tree with admiration. But best NOT chocolate isn’t good for your dog, it very toxic for dogs and shouldn’t be given at any time and can be tempting to have food on the tree and could cause him to try to get by jumping up. Not a good idea to have food on trees but if it is must keep it high up in the tree.
Baby gates not just good for babies
You could use this to block access so you’re not always thinking what your dog is up to, this will give you peace of mind your dog and tree are safe!
Use other forms off barriers
Put something around the tree to protect you can buy ready-made fences online or you could use a doggy playpen, to stop access.
We all like to open presents together on Christmas day but if your dog wants to be the centre of attention and goes mad when he sees his natural squeaky rubber toy best to give him in another room which is safer for all the decorations and your dog. Also, if you have got him some Rubber toys may be best not to play around the Christmas tree as they bounce in all directions and cause a disaster