Common Holiday Plants That Are Toxic to Pets

November 28, 2019

It’s the time of year when mistletoe and poinsettias are in full bloom! And if you love the holiday season, you’re probably also a fan of these festive plants. But pet owners show know that there are some risks to decking their halls with certain holiday plants. Here’s a roundup of the holiday foliage that could make your furry friend sick.

  • Holly and mistletoe. The bright red berries may look appealing, but they’re not safe for consumption—and neither are the leaves. If you catch your animal gnawing on them, they could be in for a bout of GI distress, including pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and drooling. Call your vet right away.

  • Lilies and daffodils. It’s common to receive these plants as a gift during the holiday season, but you might want to regift them if you have animals at home. Cats can have an irregular heartbeat or even convulsions from ingesting just a small amount of the lily, while dogs and cats alike will get sick if they chew on daffodils (or the bulbs).

  • Evergreen trees. Your holiday tree only poses a minor hazard to your animals, but you should still be aware of it. This is mostly from the irritation that the sap causes when ingested, as well as the rough texture of the pine needles. Try to keep your animals away from the tree, and don’t let them drink the water in its base.

  • Amaryllis. The amaryllis might be slightly less common than some of the other plants on this list, but it’s just as toxic. In addition to the gastrointestinal symptoms it can cause, similar to other plants, it’s also capable of triggering tremors and lethargy.

  • Poinsettias (sort of). Poinsettias get a bad rap as extremely dangerous holiday plants, but that’s not really the case. True, the poinsettia’s sap might make your pet slightly sick if he consumes some, but it certainly wouldn’t cause any severe or lasting effects. And more often than not, a pet wouldn’t eat enough to experience any issues at all.

Holiday Plants That Are Poisonous to Pets [The Spruce Pets]
Dangerous Winter Holiday Plants for Pets [PetMD]
Are Holiday Plants Toxic to Your Pet? [Akcchf]

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