Making the holidays merry & bright for four-legged family members: Pet safety tips

The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration for many people around the world. As we prepare our homes for festivities, it’s important to make sure the decorations, delicious treats, and festive atmosphere are not posing a hazard to our pets. Here are some safety tips to ensure a happy and healthy holiday season for both you and your animal family members.


Decking the halls is a cherished tradition, but some holiday decorations can be hazardous to pets. Tinsel, ribbon, and string are attractive to cats but can cause serious intestinal issues if ingested. Opt for pet-friendly decorations, such as unbreakable ornaments and artificial plants, and keep lit candles out of reach of pets to avoid potential harm.

Christmas trees & holiday lights

A beautifully adorned tree can be irresistible to pets. Secure your tree to prevent accidental toppling, and consider using a pet gate to create a barrier. Keep in mind that some pets may try to nibble on electrical cords, so cover them with cord protectors and unplug the lights when you’re not around.

Safe spaces

Create a safe haven for your pets during holiday gatherings. Loud noises, unfamiliar faces, and the excitement of the season can be overwhelming for some animals. Set up a quiet room with their bed, toys, and water to allow them to retreat when needed.

Pet-friendly treats

While enjoying delicious holiday treats, it’s essential to resist the urge to share every festive dish with your pets. Many human foods, such as chocolate, raisins, and certain spices, are toxic to animals. Instead, treat your furry friends with pet-safe treats or prepare homemade treats using animal-friendly ingredients like plain pumpkin.

Watch the door

Holiday gatherings can mean a stream of guests coming and going. Keep a close eye on your pets, especially if they tend to escape or get anxious around new people. Consider placing them in a secure room or using a pet gate when guests arrive to prevent accidental escapes.


Fireworks can create a stressful environment for wildlife and our beloved companion animals. Animals often find the loud noises and bright flashes of fireworks frightening. To ensure the safety and well-being of your pets during these celebrations, consider creating a safe space indoors where they can retreat and feel secure. Close windows and curtains to muffle the noise and dim the flashes. Additionally, provide comforting items such as their favorite toys or blankets. If possible, plan walks and potty time before the late evening when fireworks are most likely to happen and use a secure leash and harness. It’s also crucial to keep them properly identified with updated tags or microchips in case they get spooked and escape. Taking a proactive approach to pet safety during fireworks will help minimize the stress and anxiety during noisy holiday times.

To learn more about how fireworks can pose a danger to animals, humans, and the environment, and for steps to call for less harmful ways to celebrate, see 5 reasons to skip fireworks this Halloween & 3 steps to protect animals.