Pet Safe Holiday Plants
The holidays are here! Before you begin to decorate your home with the traditional holiday plants, make sure you aren’t putting anything up that could potentially harm your pet. Here are some wonderful alternatives to the traditional plant and flower options.
Replace Mistletoe with Christmas Cactus!
Mistletoe can be fatal for dogs and most mammals. Instead of decorating with the traditional mistletoe, use “Christmas Cacti”, which has green leaves and beautiful red flowers. Mistletoe contains multiple substances that are toxic to both dogs and cats, including toxalbumin and phoratoxin viscumin.This can cause severe intestinal upset, as well as a sudden and severe drop in blood pressure, breathing problems, and even hallucinations in pets and people.
Ditch the Poinsettias and Use Red Roses!
The bright red leaves of Poinsettias contain a sap that is irritating to the tissues of the mouth and esophagus of animals as well as people. Instead of taking the risk of your pet nibbling on it, use red roses for decoration.
Lose the Lilies and Consider Orchids!
There are several different types of orchids that are toxic to pets, but the Moth Orchid, White Orchid or Moon Orchid are safe for pets in case the ingest them. Lilies are notoriously toxic to cats, dogs, and even people.
Achira Instead of Amaryllis!
Achira, also known as Canna, Arrowroot, Canna edulis, like the Amaryllis without the toxicity, has bright red flowers and is safe for dogs and cats. Amaryllis (also known as Belladonna, Saint Joseph Lily, Cape Belladonna, and Naked Lady) contains many toxins, including Lycorine, which causes salivation, gastrointestinal abnormalities (vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, and abdominal pain), lethargy, and tremors in both cats and dogs.
Autumn Olive instead of Holly!
Autumn Olive (also known as Silver Berry, Russian Olive) is safer to have around pets than holly. Holly can cause intestinal upset, excessive drooling, and severe abdominal pain should they ingest any part of the plants.