Making Sure Your Holiday Décor Isn’t Dangerous to Your Pets

Decorating for the holidays is a fun way to make the season bright – especially given the many challenges that were, and still are, faced in 2020. But if you have pets in your home, it is important to know which items could be toxic to them.

In fact, our four-legged family members can actually find the smell and the texture of holiday decorations quite enticing – and they have been known to pull over (or climb up) Christmas trees and chew on electrical cords. They might also swallow tinsel and pine needles, in turn, causing a serious intestinal blockage (and an emergency trip to the vet).

Candles are typically used more during the holidays, and the flickering flame can make for a beautifully lit mantle or dining room table. But if left unattended with pets nearby, it could lead to danger for both the pet and your home. If you use glass ornaments on a Christmas tree or in other areas of your residence, leaving them within reach of your pets could lead to breakage, as well as cuts on Fido’s or Fluffy’s paws.

One of the most popular plants that is displayed during the holidays is the poinsettia. But if this is ingested by dogs or cats, it may cause vomiting, drooling, and other intestinal issues, as well as redness and swelling of the skin.

Being aware of the various dangers of holiday decorations can help you to avoid additional stressful activities during an already hectic time of year. The end of the year is also a good time to plan ahead for the future. With the many changes that came about during 2020, you may be thinking about making some modifications to your residence.

If you’re considering a home makeover or renovation in 2021, and you reside in Orlando or the surrounding Central Florida area, give LP Design and Renovation a call to discuss your vision, and put your plan into motion. We can be reached at (407) 901-6215, or by going to our website at


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