The American Christmas Tree Association Thinks Pets Should Have a Safe and Merry Christmas, Too

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Keep pets safe this Christmas by taking extra precautions when setting up and decorating the family Christmas tree this holiday season. Strategic placement of Christmas ornaments is one of the first things to consider. Dogs and cats, in particular, are attracted by shiny objects, which could lead to an unwanted accident.

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"Make sure to place larger and less 'tempting' ornaments near your tree base, while the smaller, more fragile items are a safe bet at the top," said Jami Warner, Executive Director of the American Christmas Tree Association.

Although beautiful and cheerful in the home, a decorated Christmas tree is a potential hazard for domestic pets both big and small, according to the American Christmas Tree Association (ACTA). Items such as sparkly tinsel, dangly garlands, sharp glass ornaments and artificial snow, while lovely to admire, can be dangerous gateways for pet accidents. "Make sure to place larger and less 'tempting' ornaments near your tree base, while the smaller, more fragile items are a safe bet at the top," said Jami Warner, ACTA Executive Director. If ingested, christmas ornaments and holiday decorations can choke cats or dogs, causing air flow blockage and suffocation. It's important to pay special attention to the smallest of pets when around hanging and delicate tree decor.

Lights also pose a threat as well, as they can attract the eye of a curious cat or daring dog, leaving pets with a bad burn. To ensure light safety with animals present, make sure to unplug twinkling lights when not in use in conjunction with the use of pet proof electrical cords. Animals can be injured by cords from chewing, so practice turning lights off and using appropriate wiring to avoid burned mouths and electric shock.

For maximum safety, always make sure pets are not chewing on branches or eating any fallen needles or leaves.

Other safety precautions for keeping pets safe around Christmas trees and Christmas ornaments are simple and effective. Covering the Christmas tree base with a tree skirt, avoiding food based decorations and ensuring the tree is on a stable stand are all excellent measures to take when pets are running about the home. Always make sure pets are supervised when in the same room as the Christmas tree, to ensure that everyone, including the family pets, have a safe and wonderful holiday.

http://www.christmastreeassociation.org

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