Once more we move into the depths of the holiday frenzy. With all the relatives, cooking, baking, decorating etc., we sometimes forget about our 4 legged children.
Now most of you know that poinsettia is poison to cats and dogs, but do you realize there are 19 other plants commonly used in holiday decoration/arrangements that are also poisononous?
The most common are as follows:
- Baby’s breath: vomiting and diarrhea.
- Carnations: intestinal and digestive problems.
- Chrysanthemum: vomiting, diarrhea and hyper-salivation.
- Daffodils: vomiting, convulsions and cardiac arrhythmias.
- Ivy: vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
- Lilies: kidney failure in cats.
- Other plants are apple seeds, Bird-of-Paradise, Christmas rose, Holly, Mistletoe and Amaryllis.
Please be aware of what you use this holiday season. Use artificial Holly and Ivy in wreaths. Ask your florist about what plants are toxic to pets and be sure to throw away all seed & pits so dogs and cats can’t find them.
A few precautions can make all the difference in whether you spend your holidays with family or with the emergency vet. But if you do end up at the emergency vet and are short funds, Four Paws Lifeline (www.fourpawslifeline.org) may be able to help with paying the bill.