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     The Holiday Season is a fun time with presents and decorations. The hectic pace of life at this time however, can be hard on us as well as our pets. Make sure that you allot time to care for them physically and emotionally. A daily walk will be good exercise for our pets as a well as us- especially for us. A walk and play time are good bonding exercises for the two of you and reassures our pets that we are not abandoning them with all the Holiday Get Togethers. Flowers are often used to decorate homes. Some of the plants can be harmful. Below is a list of common plants and their degree of safety or danger for your pet.


  • Poinsettia- The flowers (red leaves) are bitter tasting and as a result dogs and cats may bite them but rarely eat them. If a pet were to eat the flowers they would likely vomit them, which would get rid of the problem. They may develop indigestion from this but are unlikely to have any severe systemic side effects.
  • Cyclamen- The root of this plant can cause vomiting episodes, but the rest of the plant is safe for animals.
  • Christmas Cactus- This does not produce any harm to your pet if eaten.


  • Lilly- All parts of Lilly plants are poisonous to animals. This plant can cause kidney damage if eaten.
  • Holly- Holly berries can cause severe vomiting episodes.
  • Mistletoe- Mistletoe fruit can produce a severe allergic response when eaten. This reaction can cause cell death in many different organs and may be lethal.
  • Azalea- The flowers of this plant will produce severe vomiting episodes as well as unpredictable behavior. Azaleas have a hallucinogenic type effect on small pets.
  • Kalanchoe- The leaves of this plant may produce an abnormal heart rhythm.

  Should your pet eat any of these poisonous plants you can induce vomiting by squirting at least two tablespoons of Hydrogen Peroxide into the back of the animal’s throat. This causes a gas build- up in the stomach and produces vomiting. You can also give a child’s portion of Syrup of Ipecac.

  Some decorations inside however, can be dangerous to your pet.   Tinsel is notoriously known to pose a hazard to cats especially. Homemade Playdough and Salt Ornaments can also be harmful to them.

   Food that is tasty for us can cause vomiting and diarrhea to indiscriminate eaters, both dogs and cats. Dogs are the only animals known to get sick from macadamia nuts, with vomiting and loss of coordination being the predominant signs. Indigestion problems are frequently encountered at this time and with quick attention are usually dealt with successfully.

 Further emergency First Aid procedures can be found at-http:www.avma.org/firstaid.



                  Poinsetta                 Kalanchoe                         Christmas Cactus                  Cyclamen             





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