The holidays are often filled with happiness for us, but it can be a stressful time for our pets. We can continue enjoy the festivities without stressing them out. You can still decorate your home, enjoy your holiday feast, and do other activities while keeping everyone safe. All you need to do is take some simple precautions to make your home pet-friendly for the holidays. Here are 5 tips to keep them safe during the festivities:

 

1. Keep decorations out of reach

Decorations such as lights and ornaments should be placed far from their reach. Their curious noses might reach out for those fragile ornaments that could cut your pet’s mouth and paws. You may also use bitter spray to keep them away from the tree.

 

   
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2. Lights are a big NO

Lights are everywhere during the holidays. They look nice to put around your pet for an Instagram worthy shot, but they might get electrocuted as some lights are considered unsafe. They might also chew on them when placed around the house. Make sure to keep an eye on them or why not give them something to keep their curious paws busy?

   
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3. No to human food

Preparing for the holidays include lots and lots of food! They could be appetizing to us, but they might put your pet at risk. Keep away chocolates, raisins, alcoholic beverages, garlic, grapes, and dough for a worry-free Christmas.

   
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4. Prepare a safe space

Holidays are filled with lights, and more lights! Aside from the usual Christmas lights, people love to light firecrackers before, during, and after New Year. Loud noises and intense lights might stress out your pet or even run away. Let them use a room with their bed, blanket, food, water, toys, and calming solutions. It would be best to check on them to ensure they are comfortable.

   
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5. Don’t leave them alone

Some families prefer to celebrate the holidays with their loved ones in their provinces or other places to enjoy. How about your pets? You may consider bringing them with you or have someone trusted to babysit them. Don’t take the risk of leaving them alone since they only rely on you.