If you have a real Christmas tree you should be aware that the needles will fall from your tree over time.
They are hard and sharp, and can easily get stuck in animal paws or throats.
Cats and dogs may show a keen interest towards the baubles and decorations hanging from your Christmas tree,
which could result in a nasty accident. Try to use unbreakable baubles, don't use anything too small, and make
Tinsel/streamers can be deadly for animals that eat them (it'll get tangled in their intestines).
Always remove wrapping paper(and toys) when not using to avoid your pet chewing or choking on them.
Although dogs and cats usually have a good sense of what they can and cannot ingest, accidents do happen. Many plants, including
Christmas rose, holly, mistletoe, Poinsettias, philodendron, and dieffenbachia are toxic to your pet. Always try to keep them out
of your pets reach. The smaller the pet, the more risk of toxicity if she ingests a poisonous plant. Some signs of poisoning
include vomiting, diarrhea, nervousness, difficulty breathing, and change in pupil size. Your pet may even stumble, go into
convulsions, or become unconscious. Seek medical attention immediately.
Alcoholic beverages, candy, turkey and fixings, pork, fish, chicken bones, just to name a few hazards. Be careful
when giving bones. They can splinter when chewed and possibly puncture the intestinal tract.
Never give your pet chocolate. It is highly toxic to dogs -- causing stomach cramps, constipation or diarrhea, and even death.
Another food related hazard is the plastic six-pack beverage holders; kittens especially, can become entangled in them. Remember to cut them up before putting them into the garbage. This will also help the wildlife at the landfills (especially birds).