The winter holiday season is such a joyous time with lots to celebrate. But along with all the merriment and fun there are some risks, particularly for our furry friends. All the things we love most about them, their curious and playful nature, is what gets them into the most trouble during the holiday season.
The holidays should be a time for festivity and cheer—for humans and pets—so let’s pinpoint a few not so merry dangers to help keep our furry friends safe this Christmas season…
Poinsettias, mistletoe, holly, amaryllis, balsam, pine, cedar, and holly sure lend charming sights and smells to our home décor around the holidays. Often, guests give holiday plants as gifts without ever anticipating the hazards they pose to our pets.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), these flowers and festive plants can result in an emergency trip to the vet if pets get a hold of them. They are dangerous and some even poisonous if ingested. For more information, the ASPCA has a detailed list of plants that are toxic to dogs and cats.
Symptoms can include vomiting, gastrointestinal upset, drooling, diarrhea, a drunken appearance, fainting, seizure, and even death.