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O Christmas Tree: Decorating for the Winter Holidays When You Have Pets



Other tree decorations that can be hazardous to pets (and children, for that matter) include angel hair -- a spun glass or pvc decoration, garland, lit candles, mistletoe, poinsettia plants, and holly berries. Decorations that are not a part of tree trimming, but that are also worth mentioning are advent calendars, in which candy is placed in the small numbered cubbies; and liquid potpourri, which can be spilled or ingested.


It is safest to stick to artificial plants and plastic or unbreakable ornaments, just to be on the safe side. When you can rest in the knowledge that you have done everything to make sure your pet cannot be harmed, then everyone can share in a happy, healthy holiday season together.



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  • My dogs has eaten glass b
    12/17/2010 03:28am

    My puppys (Two white german shepards) have eaten glass balls from the tree I tries bitter apple and i removed all of the ornaments from the bootom of the tree to the top but they keep going at them. Now I have to put them in the crate if I have to get up and pee. I hate doing this to them but is there anything else I can do

  • 12/17/2010 12:32pm

    I've heard strong smells like perfume or diluted vinegar strategically placed on the bottom of tree can sometimes be so distasteful to dogs that they stay away. But obviously, this may depend on the dog.

    If worse comes to worse you can put those baby gates around your tree. But yeah, that might not be the best for a nicely decorated home.

  • raise the tree...
    12/18/2010 03:51pm

    For homes with pets that have not learned to stay away from a tree, or those with small children, a good alternative is to use a shorter tree and place it on a table so that it is up high enough to be out of reach.