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Keeping Pets Safe During the Holiday Season

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Safety, it’s what Forest Security is all about. Keeping your home and business protected is what we do, every day, 24/7. Now that the Holiday Season is upon us once again, we’d like to offer some tips to help keep your pets safe among all the Holiday Decor.



No Tree Tipping

Christmas Trees in all their glory are beautiful to behold, but not if it is tipped over by a curious pet (or elf) Anchor your tree with fishing line to a hook secured in the wall or windowsill.


“Elf”: You never know who might try to climb your tree, so anchor it.


Water Your Tree, Not Your Pets

If you have a real tree that needs water, remember to keep pets away. Place your tree skirt above the water dish or wrap your tree base to pets out. The water can contain fertilizers from the tree causing nausea for pets.



Deck The Halls

Mistletoe & Holly – Great in the song, not so much in your pets.  When ingested they can cause nausea and vomiting and mistletoe may even cause cardiovascular problems.

Lilies that so many of us get for Christmas are just beautiful, but keep away from your cats. Many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure if ingested by kitty. Other Holiday plants that can be harmful to pets include:

  • Amaryllis
  • Azaleas
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Evergreens
  • Holly
  • Ivy
  • Juniper
  • Mistletoe


All That Glitters

Sparkling Tinsel makes for the most charming tree but Kitty thinks so too – So many sparkly “toys” to bat around and play with. Best to keep tinsel of the tree if you have a playful cat.



All Aglow

Making your home festive and bright with holiday candles is a beautiful way to add a warm glow to cold dark nights plus many candles add a lovely holiday fragrance to the air. Please remember pets are curious by nature. They can easily knock over unattended candles or knock over something into the candle flame. According to,  an estimated $278 million in property damage was caused by candles between 2014 and 2018, not to mention pets could easily get burned by the flame or hot wax.


Essential Oils

Please make sure that the essential oils you are burning are not toxic for your pets.
Here is a list of essential oils not to use if you have a dog at home:

Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
Birch (Betula)
Bitter Almond (Prunus dulcis)
Boldo (Peumus boldus)
Calamus (Acorus calamus)
Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)
Cassia (Cassia fistula)
Chenopodium (Chenopodium album)
Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum)
Garlic (Allium sativum)
Goosefoot (Chenopodium murale)
Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)
Hyssop (Hyssopus sp. with the exception of Decumbens)
Juniper (Juniperus sp. with the exception of Juniper Berry)
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)
Mustard (Brassica juncea)
Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)
Red or White Thyme
Rue (Ruta graveolens)
Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus)
Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
Savory (Satureja)
Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Terebinth (Pistacia palaestina)
Thuja (Thuja occidentalis)
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)


There are so many hidden dangers for curious pets during the holiday season.

Other great resources for safety are:

Celebrating the season: Pet safety guide


Holiday Pet Dangers and How To Avoid Them


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