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Dangers for animals: 5 safety tips for Christmas


As peaceful as Christmas is, for dogs and cats it offers the framework for numerous dangers. A lot can happen, from swallowed tinsel, to burns from candles, to the overturned Christmas tree. So that the holidays do not end at the veterinarian, consider these five safety tips: Christmas decorations should be unbreakable and harmless - Shutterstock / Sue McDonald

Candles light up, everything glitters, chocolate is everywhere and the feast smells in the kitchen - if you imagine Christmas from the perspective of dogs and cats, you will quickly understand why our four-legged friends sometimes endanger themselves. Dangerous Christmas decorations are often to blame.

1. No open fire within paw range

Avoid open fires or real candles on the Christmas tree if you have pets at home. The risk of fire from wagging dog tails or climbing cats is too high. Never leave your pets alone in the room with an open fire. Electric fairy lights are a possible alternative if they are attached out of reach. Otherwise your fur noses could bite through the cables and risk an electric shock.

2. Choose unbreakable Christmas decoration

Christmas baubles are a popular toy for cats. However, these can quickly break when playing and then turn into splintered, sharp-edged weapons that can lead to serious injuries. Therefore, fall back on shatterproof Christmas decoration, for example wooden figures or homemade jewelry made of paper.

3. Christmas dinner and sweets are taboo

Of course, it smells wonderful in the apartment at Christmas. Leftovers from the fixed menu are neither dog nor cat food. Poultry bones in particular are prohibited as they can splinter and cause internal injury if they are cooked through. Fish bones are also life-threatening. Also taboo: spiced food, chocolate and other sweets. It is best not to leave anything lying around carelessly in the apartment. A little unseasoned ground beef, liver sausage or a dollop of yoghurt are, however, popular delicacies for dogs and cats, which do not harm in small quantities.

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4. Do not set up any poisonous plants

Be careful not to set up poisonous plants for cats and dogs. Out of reach of animals include poinsettias, holly sprigs and mistletoe sprigs, as these plants can cause abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. You can find out which flowers are safe for house tigers in our guide "Buy non-toxic balcony plants for cats". Incidentally, caution is also advised when using fragrance oils, snow spray and other agents with chemical substances.

5. Bring the gift ribbon to a safe place in front of cats

Gift ribbon magically attracts cats just like tinsel. However, if they are swallowed while romping around, they can become deadly traps. The tapes can wrap around the tongue or cause severe internal injury if swallowed. Clear away leftovers and pre-packed gifts so that your pets cannot reach them.