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The festive time period is the time for decorations, with properties adorned with colourfully decorated trees and plants.

But some Christmas crops and decorations may possibly pose a risk to your pet. Here’s everything you want to know.


Poinsettia can result in discomfort to the mouth and stomach, overproduction of saliva and in some cases vomiting.

Gurus at Serenata Flowers make clear, “Poinsettia is just one of the most iconic festive flowers – the stunning poinsettia reaches full bloom in December and its deep red petals are spectacular additions to any Christmas decorations.

On the other hand, as stunning as this flower is, its leaves and petals can cause nausea and vomiting if ingested by canine or cats. Luckily, the plant is only mildly poisonous to pets rather than poisonous so can nevertheless be retained in the property in excess of the festive time. To be protected, retain your poinsettia up higher in your home on a surface that just cannot be conveniently reached by any curious cats or disobedient canine.”


The berries can cause stomach upset and need to be stored out of attain of animals.


Mistletoe berries can lead to drooling, retching and vomiting.

Serenata Bouquets provides, “In truth, both equally mistletoe and holly are much more hazardous to animals than poinsettias, with the plant leading to reactions in animals that you certainly never want to be cleansing up in excess of Xmas!

“When positioning holly and mistletoe in your property, make absolutely sure to continue to keep the vegetation as significant up and considerably away from pets as probable – a superior solution is to integrate this foliage into wreaths that can dangle on your doorways.”


Lilies are poisonous to cats, as is the water they are placed in.


Ivy can result in stomach upset when ingested, and discomfort to the skin with extended get hold of.

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Canines and cats may possibly love to play in and about the tree at Xmas, but they can pose a probable danger for pets.

Davies Veterinary Specialists clarifies that Christmas tree needles can have sharp suggestions that can minimize pets’ paws and mouths, and lead to internal hurt if swallowed. They can also induce belly upsets.

“Christmas tree lights can trigger burns or electrocution if chewed. This is a certain chance to cats.

There is also hazard of strangulation or injury if your pet gets to be entangled in the lights, so continue to keep them away from pets or only have them in rooms in which pets are constantly in your line of sight.”

It is a good idea to protected the foundation of the tree to decrease the chance of it slipping around. Glass baubles can effortlessly break and produce sharp shards which are unsafe to animals.”

To aid stay away from accidents, make guaranteed your tree is secured in a strong base and if possible, connected to a wall.

If your cat or dog is a chewer, tape down the electrical cord to fairy lights.

The veterinary specialists also advise avoiding glass baubles, as they can simply shatter if they are knocked off the tree or chewed.

Edible tree decorations, which include people made from chocolate, should really also be avoided. Salt dough ornaments need to be prevented as they can result in a perhaps lethal salt toxicosis.

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