To Tree or Not to Tree, That Is the Question

If you roam through the Internet and read all of the precautions about dogs and Christmas, you’d either kennel Fido until January or quit putting up Christmas trees altogether.

Following are a few warnings:

Don’t let your dog eat your Christmas tree.

Good idea. Not only do the needles contain irritating oils, but they can puncture the intestinal tract. That is if you have a live tree. If you have an artificial tree, you still can’t let your dog eat it. Plastic isn’t good for dogs on so many levels. And your tree will look terrible eventually.

Don’t let your dog drink the Christmas tree water.
Fertilizer and pesticides may leach into the water along with sap from the tree. Somewhere I saw the suggestion that you could take a
plastic lid, cut a circle to fit around the trunk and place it over the water container. Then your dog probably would eat it to get at the water and (repeat here) plastic isn’t good for dogs on so many levels. I’ve never actually heard of a dog getting sick from drinking the water, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t possible. Cats, on the other hand, regard it as a giant holiday water dish and survive nicely from Christmas to Christmas.

Don’t string your tree lights where your dog can get at them and chew them.
Now this might be impossible if you have a very short tree or a very tall dog. You could warn Fido that electrocution is a shocking
way to go, or you could….I don’tknow. If you’ve ever had a dog electrocuted from chewing on holiday lights, let me know.

Don’t use ornaments that your dog could eat. (I sense a theme here.)
Glass ornaments can break and the fragments can cause havoc with Fido’s innards. The hooks used to hold them on the tree can lodge in
your dog’s throat or intestines. Edible ornaments such as candy canes shouldn’t be shared with animals anyway. They aren’t sophisticated enough actually to enjoy them. And tinsel can cause no end of troubles and might short out the lights your dog already has munched on.

Don’t put presents tied with yarn or ribbon under the tree.
Guess what kind of problems those can cause? Hint: Think about something else tangled up in the intestines.

There’s actually no end to the warnings about dogs and Christmas trees.
However, you live with your dog every day. Your dog knows what you’ll put up with and you know what is going to be a temptation. Nothing is 100 percent safe when it comes to animals, but the love we get from them makes all of the hassles worthwhile. Usually.

ave a wonderful holiday.
Monthly Wag Editor

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