|Holiday Dangers (Contd...)
Toxic Holiday Plants
|They may be pretty, but some holiday plants are poisonous, even deadly. As little as a single leaf from any lily variety is lethal to cats.|
Live Christmas Trees create a whole realm of dangers for your pet. Pine needles can cause GI irritation and perforation. Pine needles can produce oral irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, trembling and posterior weakness. Any tree poorly secured can fall on rambunctious pets as the run around or try to climb them.
|Water, Water, Even though they have their own water bowel, there is something enticing about a novel source of water; whether it's the toilet bowl or the Christmas tree stand. If you add chemicals to the water meant to keep your tree fresh longer, be sure to read the label to make sure it is safe for pets. |
|Potpourri makes your house smell festive but may be another attraction for pets to drink. Make sure that potpourri pots are covered or otherwise inaccessible to pets.|
|Holly, commonly found during the Christmas season, there are many species of Holly (genus Ilex). Berries and leaves can be a problem although signs of poisonings are generally mild, and include vomiting, belly pain, diarrhea, and depression. |
|Mistletoe, another Christmas plant, can be very toxic to animals. You should seek veterinary consultation immediately if your pet has potentially ingested any part of the plant. It can cause significant vomiting, severe diarrhea, difficult breathing, collapse, erratic behavior, hallucinations and death when ingested. |
|Poinsettias, fill homes with color during the holidays. Poinsettias have received bad publicity in the past whereas in fact, poinsettias are not very toxic to pets. They do contain a milky sap that can irritate the mouth but if signs develop they are usually mild and sometimes vomiting. |
Taking precautions with pets during these festive times can help ensure that you and your family will enjoy a happy, and healthy, holiday season!