Posted by: | December 13, 2011

Pet Safety Tip: Avoid Poisonous Plants








As the Holidays grow closer, it’s important to know which plants should be avoided for the safety of your pets.

Mistletoe – A common Christmas plant which may cause significant vomiting and diarrhea if ingested by your dog or cat.  Some animals who have ingested mistletoe have experienced signs of hallucinations, erratic behavior, difficulty breathing and slowed heart rate.  It is possible that if enough mistletoe is ingested, death can possibly occur.

Holly – May cause intense vomiting or diarrhea.

Poinsettia – Has a low level of toxicity, but may cause vomiting and most likely mouth and stomach irritation.

AmaryllisAbdominal pain, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors and lack of appetite are all signs associated with the ingestion of Amaryllis.

Autumn crocusKidney failure, liver damage, bone marrow suppression, shock, diarrhea, vomiting blood and mouth irritation may result from ingesting the bulbs.

Jerusalem cherryMouth ulcers, respiratory depression, shock, death, mental depression, seizures, vomiting and diarrhea can occur.

Christmas rose – Vomiting, abdominal pain, delirium, bloody diarrhea are common.

Chrysanthemum – Ingestion may result in vomiting, depression, lack of appetite and diarrhea.

Christmas cactus – Large amounts of ingestion may cause vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and depression.

These are just a few of the plants you may want to avoid for the sake of your pets.

As always, if you are unsure of any plants or your pets have ingested a poisonous plant, contact the Animal Poison Control Center – 888-426-4435.  But be aware there may be fees for contacting them.

Thanks for caring!

Tim Heise
– Certified Pet Care Specialist
Absolute Pet Care, LLC

Scottsdale, AZ


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