December is a festive time of year, catching up with friends and family, hanging decorations and enjoying holiday meals. During all the celebrating, it’s important to ensure that you’re keeping your furry family members safe. Follow these simple holiday pet safety tips so your pets can join in on the holiday fun without being put at risk.

Top Three Holiday Pet Safety Tips:

1. Secure Your Tree and Decorations
Shiny decorations and Christmas trees can be tempting playthings for your pets. Ensure all decorations — including light cords, tinsel, and garland — are kept out of reach of paws and mouths. Pets have been known to ingest tinsel or knock over Christmas trees.

2. Be Mindful of Holiday Plants
While holly and mistletoe are popular plants to display around the home, they can cause severe discomfort for your pets if ingested. Be proactive and keep these poisonous plants out of reach of your furry friends. If your pets do happen to take a bite out of the holiday decor, contact a veterinarian immediately.

3. Watch What Falls on the Floor
With all the holiday feasting going on, be sure to keep an eye on your pets and what they’re eating. While relatives and friends might be well-meaning, slipping your dog a turkey bone or the cat some chocolate can cause serious health complications. If you’re expecting a crowd for dinner, make sure your guests know not to feed your pets.

It’s easy to get caught up in all the merriment of December and forget how the change in routine can be harmful to your pets. With the above holiday pet safety tips, you can help ensure that the whole family enjoys safe and happy celebrations.

Remember, one of the best gifts you can give your pets this holiday season is an investment in insurance. Having adequate pet insurance can help limit the costs of any problems your pets might have to face during the holidays or year-round.

Hudson’s Bay Financial Services is proud to partner with Petline Insurance, Canada’s largest pet insurance company. Petline Insurance reimburses you for up to 80% of the cost of care and veterinary services if your pets become ill or are injured. They’ve made it easier to meet your needs and fit your budget with three levels of care and rates starting as low as $16.83 a month for dogs and $12.43 a month for cats.¹

Plus, when you purchase pet insurance, you’ll earn Hudson’s Bay Rewards points² along with peace of mind.

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1 Rates and product details are effective as of July 1, 2016, and are subject to change without notice. All plans are subject to the terms and conditions of your Policy and Documents of Insurance. Premiums vary by breed and where you live. Pet insurance for Hudson’s Bay customers is arranged for by Hudson Bay Financial Services and underwritten by Petline Insurance.

2 Earn 2,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points when you purchase a Basic Care plan, 3,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care plan and 4,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care Plus plan. Rewards points will be issued in equal increments after every six months when you use a valid Canadian-issued credit card to pay for your premiums and will not be pro-rated. Offer valid in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec and the Yukon.