Haley’s gone Christmas tree shopping with us every year since she was born. When we bring the tree back home, she waits to grab one of the trimmed branches from the bottom of the tree then prances around the yard like a reindeer with her evergreen trophy before settling down to chew on the branch for a few minutes.
It wasn’t until sometime after Christmas last year that I discovered live Christmas trees can cause health issues for some dogs. How did I miss that tidbit of Yuletide knowledge all these years? I knew about poinsettias, mistletoe and holly but I never knew that pine trees are toxic as well. I figured if I didn’t know, maybe some of you hadn’t heard about this either. So, here’s the scoop!
Potential Christmas Tree Hazards
There you have it!
While it might be overkill to call live Christmas trees hazardous or harmful for your dog, it’s good to know the facts and be aware that there can be some health issues for certain dogs.
I’ve never noticed a problem with Haley after she’s carried the branches around and chewed on them a little bit but maybe she’s a tough dog or I didn’t notice a very minor issue because I was busy decorating the tree. She’s never tried to drink the water or eat any of the lights or ornaments, but many dogs do ingest all sorts of non-edible things. A bigger concern for Haley is the fact that she has allergies and her symptoms have intensified as she’s gotten older. Over the past few years I’ve noticed a slight increase in her allergy symptoms around Christmastime, so as much as I love having a live Christmas tree, next year we might have to consider buying our first artificial tree.
The holidays are such a busy time of the year and it’s not exactly festive to be focusing on safety hazards, but it’s smart to keep a watchful eye on your dog while you celebrate with your family. Whether it’s the tree itself or your pup tearing into a wrapped food gift from under the tree, our pups sometimes get themselves into a little mischief during this time of year. Let’s keep our dogs happy and healthy this holiday season!
What do you think? Are Christmas trees harmful to dogs? Are artificial trees safer than live trees?