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    How to make your Christmas tree pet-safe?

    Articlegeneral dog adviceMonday 17 October 2011
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    Christmas holidays are usually very busy with people rushing about, guests coming to visit and much hectic activity. Christmas trees pose all sorts of hidden dangers for both dogs and cats. You should make sure you minimize the risks related to all the Christmas preparations and decoration. Read the article below to find out how to make your Christmas tree pet-safe.

    Cover your Christmas tree stand with a tree skirt to prevent your pet from drinking the water in the base. This liquid can make your puppy sick. It is good to have pet treats on hand to distract your pet away from the tree. The needles can easily get lodged in the animal's throat making it hard to swallow. You should place decorations that contain mistletoe, poinsettias and holly only in high sections of the tree, where your dog will be unable to get the tempting leaves and berries. They can cause heartbeat and blood pressure to drop. Remove all the strings and ribbons from gifts that are left under the tree. These items may seem like toys to an animal, but can easily choke him or her. Avoid using tinsel, since your dog can choke on it. Also understand that some of the older tinsel contains lead. Remember not to use chocolate ornaments if there's a chance that your pet could pull them off. An ingredient called theobromine can have a toxic effect on dogs. Tape the electrical cords of your Christmas tree lights to the wall so your pet won't chew them. 

     

    You should remember that lit candles may capture the attention of your dog or cat. To avoid any accidents, leave your dogs and cats in the other room if you plan to light candles. Keep wrapping paper out of reach since many pets are tempted to chew on it.

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    Text source: ehow, image source: flickr.com

     

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