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Holiday Plants Hazardous to our Pets

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As we decorate our homes for the holidays, we need to keep in mind that some decorations can cause more problems then they are worth.  If you are a pet owner, you must consider your four legged friend when planning the decor for the season.  Here are a few things you should be aware of to keep your pet safe.


Safe Choices

The Poinsettia: This one has always been said to be toxic when in fact, this is a myth. They may cause a mild rash if rubbed on the skin, or a mild stomach upset, but they are considered safe to be in the home around family and friends, including our pets.

Christmas Trees: They are safe for pets if ingested.  Pine needs are known to have caused damage to eyes if a pet (or person) runs into it, but are non toxic.

Hazardous Choices

Amaryllis: These too are considered toxic for pets. Signs of poisoning may include vomiting, behaving depressed, loss of appetite or have a painful abdomen. Some pets may also tremble after ingesting amaryllis, this is a sign of severe poisoning.

Holly: Another bad choice as it is considered poisonous to pets. You may see vomiting, diarrhea, decreased energy, and general upset stomach. If you think your pet has ingested Holly, please seek veterinary assistance as soon as possible.

Jequirity Bean (Indian prayer bean): This small red and black bean is often found in holiday decorations.  It is severely toxic and can cause death if ingested.

Jerusalem Cherry (Winter Cherry): Is a small red-orange fruit related to peppers but this plant and fruit are very poisonous and can adversely affect the hear..

Mistletoe: This is not a good choice for pets or humans. If ingested, not only can it cause stomach upset, but it can cause changes in metal function, a low heart rate and difficulty breathing. Call your vet as soon as possible if you believe your pet has been poisoned by eating mistletoe.


Don't forget that many of our decorations can damage or block our pet's intestines as well.  Always be mindful and be certain that holiday tinsel, ribbon, bows, and ornaments are cleaned up.

During the holidays we want everyone to be safe and enjoy the season, this includes our beloved pets.



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