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...avoiding poinsettia, mistletoe, holly and other plants and decorations which can be poisonous to your pets. Plant photos, symptoms, and poison treatment..





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Which holiday plants can poison my dog? A wise question. Indeed, there are plants you should not have around pets. Some plants are fatal if chewed.


Christmas plants make wonderful gifts but can be toxic to petsIndeed, there are traditional Christmas - New Year's plants and decorations that can be deadly to your dog, cat, or other house pet.

Below are photos and information on plants that can poison your pet but first, here is the emergency number to call if you suspect your pet has has chewed on one of these plants.  If your vet is closed, among the best phone numbers to call in an emergency is 1-800-222-1222 the National Poison Control Center which will automatically connect to their free service in your state. Depending on who answers, you may get quick, basic information for animal poisoning and it is free, 24-7.


And here is how to to induce vomiting, "give your dog 3% hydrogen peroxide, which is available at your local pharmacy. It is the preferred vomit-inducing product for dogs. Give your dog one teaspoon hydrogen peroxide per 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of body weight."~ ref


These are the most dangerous holiday plants you should not use if you have pets.


Cyclamen (Primulaceae) – Contains Triterpinoidsaponins found in the tuberous shizomes.


Symptoms: GI problems, convulsions, and paralysis. Toxins cause local irritation and are therefore well absorbed from the GI tract. Toxicity of hybrid species has not been supported experimentally.


Treatment – Symptomatic.

Poinsettia can make your pets very sick if chewed or swallowed.


Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) – Milky sap contains unknown toxic principles.


Symptoms: Irritates mucous membranes and causes excessive salivation and vomiting, but not death.


Treatment – Symptomatic at best. Gastric lavage, activated charcoal and saline cathartics should be considered.


Traditional Christmas decorations like live plants can be deadly to petsEnglish Holly (Ilex aquifolium) – Saponins: an alkaloid triterpene compound, and unknown compounds with digitalis-like cardiotonic activity have been found in leaves, fruits and seeds.


Symptoms: Abdominal pains, vomiting and diarrhea observed following ingestion of .2 berries. Death rare


Treatment – Symptomatic at best.

Keep all live Christmas plants and other decorations away from children and pets


Mistletoe (Pghoradendron flavescens) – Amines, toxic proteins and unknowns found in all parts.


Symptoms: Vomiting, profuse diarrhea, dilated pupils, rapid labored breathing, shock, and death from cardiovascular collapse within hours of ingesting toxic dosage.


Treatment – Symptomatic at best.


It not just holiday plants that can make your pets sick.  Indoor decor plants, outdoor landscaping plants, and even some fruit and vegetable plants can be very dangerous to both children and pets.  Click for this printable Dangerous and Hazardous Plants page.

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