Decorating for the holidays is always a joyous time for us humans; Mariah Carey, eggnog, and rummaging through the tubs of festive décor. However, the decorations we love can wreak havoc on our four-legged friends. Here is a breakdown on holiday décor to avoid. And what to do if your furry friend thinks the salt-dough ornament, from your third-grader, is a delicious homemade treat.

Deck the Halls: 5 Dog-safe Decorating Tips

Tree: Go artificial

Ingested needles and tree water from a live tree can cause GI and stomach upset.

Gif of dog pulling down tree


Plants: Steer clear

The following classic holiday plants contain a level of toxicity that is harmful to pets: Poinsettias, Mistletoe, English ivy, Holly and Amaryllis.

Ornaments: Watch for wagging tails

Low-hanging glass ornaments can easily be knocked to the ground and shattered, causing a hazard for humans and pets.

Lights: Keep them secure and out of reach

Use cable ties or cord protectors to prevent pets from tearing down loose light strings and causing an electric shock.

Cat pulling at Christmas tree lights

Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

Candles: Be mindful

Unattended candles can cause a pet to burn themselves or even worse, can cause a fire if knocked over. Make sure you use proper candle holders and place candles on a stable, high surface. Never leave a burning candle unattended.

Ho Ho, Oh No!: When to see the Vet

The holidays are busy. While you’re preparing for your most memorable day yet, your pup may find the time to get into mischief. If you suspect your dog has ingested something, it’s better to be safe, than sorry.

Understand your vets holiday schedule and keep these two pet hotlines handy:

From all of us at Pet Scoop, we wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season!


By: Jackie Berra

Bio // Jackie is currently a Lead Technician at Pet Scoop. She recently moved from Lawrence, Kansas to Downtown Denver with her wife, Maria, and their three fur kids: Lucy (dog), Isla (cat) and Rhodie (cat). Jackie has had an extensive and successful career in Design, Social Media, Marketing, and Creative Operations. She remains artistic by painting pet and people portraits for friends and family. Jackie enjoys the outdoors and loves being a Denverite! //