- Wrap the cords for the lights in a corrugated cable cover to prevent pets from chewing through the cords and being electrocuted.
- Hang special ornaments at the top of the tree where they are safe from pets. No one wants a special ornament chewed up.
- Ideally, you don’t want your pet’s eating any candy decorations, but if you have a tradition of candy canes on the tree, remove the wrapper so if your pet does get a hold of it, the pet won’t end up with a cellophane blockage.
- Hang bells on the lower branches so you can hear your pets when they get too curious about the tree.
- Avoid using water additives to the tree water source which can be toxic to pets.
- Set up an exercise pen around the tree to protect the tree.
Written by: Marty Greer, DVM
Director of Veterinary Services
Marty Greer, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, has 40+ years’ experience in veterinary medicine, with special interests in canine reproduction and pediatrics. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 1981. She’s served as Revival’s Director of Veterinary Services since 2019. In 2023, Dr. Greer was named the Westminster Kennel Club Veterinarian of the Year.