It’s the season for joy and gift-giving in celebration of the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Even many people who do not share this concept of Christmas, enjoy the lights, music, and decorations. Keeping your fur baby safe is important for all of us.
It is likely that you have already considered some of the risks associated with the Christmas season. Keeping your fur baby safe at Christmas has been considered and you have made some wise decisions. However, you may have forgotten a few other risks.
Keeping Your Fur Baby Safe By Making Wise Tree Choices
The first decision is whether to select a live tree or an artificial tree. We will first consider the choice of a live Christmas tree. You have many beautiful tree species from which to choose. depending upon where you live.
Tree Oil or Sap From A Live Tree
Some of the trees traditionally considered as ideal Christmas trees contain oils that can be toxic to dogs. Pine, spruce, and fir trees are among those whose oil is an irritant to a dog’s mouth and can cause them to drool excessively or even to regurgitate (vomit).
Even if your fur baby does not get any of the tree’s oil into their mouth, they may swallow some of their needles. They can cause problems from mild to serious:
- irritate the gastrointestinal tract
- cause an obstruction and may need surgery to resolve
- perforation of the intestines
One recommendation that has been reported as helping deter dogs from ingesting needles is to spritz the entire tree with a 50-50 mixture of water and red-pepper sauce
Dehydrated Trees and the Dangers of Preventatives
Regardless, of the type of tree you have chosen, you will need to make sure that it stays well-hydrated. Many of us can hardly wait to get our Christmas trees up and decorated.
Most people consider Thanksgiving weekend a reasonable time to start their Christmas decorating. If you put your tree up at that time, you need to be sure to keep it adequately hydrated for several weeks.
Dried out trees are at increased risk of catching on fire. People do not want to spend a month worrying about their family and their home being at risk of catching on fire. So, they use additives to the water used to hydrate their Christmas tree.
These additives are made of preservatives or fertilizer. The combination of bacteria, mold, and additive chemicals can make your fur baby very ill if they drink it.
Please make sure that there is always clean water available for your dog so they do not drink from the tree stand. If there is any chance they will still try to drink from the stand, cover it so they cannot do so. Tree skirts work well for this.