‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…except for all of your pets! With Hanukkah already here, and Christmas right around the corner, your house is likely decorated (or about to be!) for the holiday season. As wonderful as they make your home look, some of our favorite holiday decorations can pose some dangers for your pets. Thanks to the American Humane Association, we’ve got some helpful tips for keeping your animals safe this holiday season.

Holiday Safety Tips

  • Christmas Trees:  We’ve all seen it before, you bring the outdoors inside and suddenly your cat goes back to his ancestral roots and decides to go for a climb. Make sure your tree is anchored securely. That way, even if Fluffy does become an adventure-seeker, your tree doesn’t come crashing down on top of him.
  • Holiday House Plants: Lilies, Poinsettias, Mistletoe, Holly, and certain types of Ivy are just some of the decorative plants that can possibly harm your pets. This doesn’t mean you can’t have them in your home, but be sure to keep them far out of the reach of your furry friends.
  • Candles and Lights: It’s the season of lights, but one swipe of a tail can lead to broken glass or even worse. Be sure to keep candles away from the floor or anywhere your pet might jump to, and since some strings of your Christmas lights are probably hanging on the bottom of your tree or windows, keep a close eye out to make sure they don’t become a dangerous chew toy.
  • Tinsel, Ribbons and Bows: Your cat might think these look like fun, but small decorations such as ornaments and tinsel can pose a choking hazard. If they are dangling off your tree or presents, just be sure to keep them out of reach of your pets.

We hope you and your favorite animals have a safe and happy holiday season! And if you’re looking for some pet friendly holiday fun, please join us tonight for Pet Photo Night with Santa hosted by the Shops at Prudential Center.  You can bring your four-legged friend to have their picture with Santa and we’ll be on site personalizing copies of Rescue Pets of Boston to help you check off your holiday shopping list!  We’re thrilled to partner with the Pru for a great cause – spreading love to local animals in need!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Audrey’s Rescue Angels!