The upcoming holiday celebrations can pose many dangers for dogs and cats. With all the excitement, we can sometimes forget about pet safety when it comes to decorations, toxic plants and travelling to visit friends and family.

Decorations such as tinsel are extremely tempting for pets, especially cats. While not toxic, these types of trimmings can be harmful if your pet ingests them. String-like decorations can get caught in the intestinal tract, causing a blockage in airflow that could require surgery to correct.1 It’s also important to be careful with fragile ornaments, which can shatter into small pieces that find their way into pets’ paws or mouths.

Mistletoe, holly and poinsettias are festive indoor decorations, but they can be toxic to pets if ingested.1 Before adding a new type of indoor plant, check to see if it’s pet-friendly. Plus, it’s good practice all year long to keep plants out of reach of curious noses and paws.

Some families travel with dogs and cats during the holidays, and it’s important to take a few extra steps to ensure pet safety during the trip. Make sure pets have enough room in the vehicle and are properly restrained. Stop regularly to give them a chance to walk, drink and eat, and always make sure collars and microchips are updated with current contact information.

One of the best things to do for pet safety during the holidays is ensure you have adequate insurance. Hudson’s Bay Financial Services offers pet insurance that provides protection while travelling for the holidays in any province, territory or the continental United States.

Our partnership with Petline Insurance — Canada’s largest pet insurance company — can reimburse you for up to 80% of the cost of veterinary care and services if your pets fall ill or are injured.

It’s easy to apply online and coverage is affordable, with plans starting as low as $16.83 a month for dogs and $12.43 a month for cats.2 Additionally, you’ll earn Hudson’s Bay Rewards points that you can spend in store or online.3

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1 Pet MD. “Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays.” Retrieved October 22, 2018, from https://www.petmd.com/dog/seasonal/evr_multi_christmas_safety.

2 Rates and product details are effective as of July 1, 2018, 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.

3 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.