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Holiday Plants And Your Pets: Some Plants Are Poisonous!

 
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12/20/2004 12:39 PM
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As the holiday season gets underway, many people are buying plants and greens and putting up ornaments, lights, and other decorations. When decorating your house or yard, keep your pets in mind! Be aware of plants and cut greens to which your dog may have access. Puppies, adolescent dogs, and bored dogs who are left alone are at greatest risk, particularly if the item is new and intriguing. Gifts placed under a Christmas tree may not smell appealing to you, but the contents may be irresistable to your dog, who has a much keener sense of smell than you. Although most decorations are not hazardous, it is important to know the ones that are, since they may seem perfectly harmless to someone unaware of their danger. In this two-part segment, we discuss some of the common decorations that may be hazardous if chewed or eaten. This week, we review toxic plants and greens. Next week, we will cover hazardous non-living decorations.

1-Toxic Plants & Greens:
Name, Toxic Part Major Effect What to do?
Azalea: all parts Vomiting/diarrhea; excitement or depression Call vet, 24 hr emergency clinic and/or Poison Control Hotline

Amaryllis: bulbs Vomiting/collapse/excitement followed by depression; respiratory distress; can be fatal, esp. in very young or very old animals. Call vet, 24 hr emergency clinic and/or Poison Control Hotline

Japanese Yew:
all parts,
esp. berries Incoordination, collapse, diarrhea, slow heart rate--acute heart failure; may be fatal If dog is alert, induce vomiting AND call vet, 24 hr emergency clinic and/or Poison Control Hotline

English Ivy:
stems, leaves Mild GI signs, if any (vomiting/diarrhea) Symptomatic treatment: consult vet

English Ivy:
fruits, berries Much more severe GI signs: salivation, intense thirst, followed by vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Ingestion of large quantities could potentially be fatal. Call vet, 24 hr emergency clinic and/or Poison Control Hotline ASAP

Mistletoe:
leaves & berries Mild signs, if any: increased pulse, respiration, and blood pressure (which is unlikely to be a problem except for very young or very old animals or those with heart or kidney disease) Consult vet for at-risk animals or in cases where large quantities have been ingested.

Poinsettias:
stems, leaves,
bracts (flowers) Mild GI signs, if any (vomiting/diarrhea) Symptomatic treatment: consult vet

Holly:
stems, leaves,
berries Mild GI signs, if any (vomiting/diarrhea) Symptomatic treatment: consult vet

Eucalyptus:
stems, leaves Mild GI signs, if any (vomiting/diarrhea) Symptomatic treatment: consult vet


2-Non-Toxic or Minimal Toxicity:
Catnip
Boxwood
Boston Fern
Pine Branches - Minimal (except in cattle)
Spruce, Fir, Cedar branches - May cause vomiting/diarrhea from physical
effects of being in GI tract.


Further Information & Help:
Illinois/ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center:
The only animal poison control center in the country; handles thousands of cases of poisonings or suspected poisonings; has been operating for over 20 years; flat fee of $45 per case includes consultation with owner and/or vet and covers any follow-up phone calls
PHONE #´s:
1-888-426-4435 (toll free): charge is placed on a major credit card
1-900-680-0000: charge is placed on your phone bill.
Web site: [link to www.napcc.aspca.org]

Further reading & reference:
A field Guide to Common Animal Poisons, Michael Murphy
published primarily for veterinary practitioners and veterinary students, by Iowa State University Press, 2121 South State Ave., Ames, Iowa 50014, Phone: 800-862-6657; Fax: 515-292-3348

Plant Poisoning in Small Companion Animals, Murray E. Fowler
published by Ralston Purina Company as a promotional/educational product for veterinarians. If out of print, I believe that there is a text book published by Dr. Fowler with a similar title.


How to induce vomiting:
Note that it is very important NOT to attempt to induce vomiting in an animal that is unconscious or barely conscious and then to induce it ONLY upon the direct advice of a veterinarian. Never induce vomiting if there is a chance that the animal has ingested caustic substances (e.g. cleansers) or physical injurious objects (e.g. bones).

» For very young (less than 12 weeks) or very small dogs (less than 6 lb.), induce vomiting ONLY under the specific guidance of a veterinarian.
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12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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My cat should be dead by now. He used to climb up decorated Christmas trees (to get to the ornaments) and drink out of the water at the bottom. I think pets have guardian angels.
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12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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Not to be rude Mrdjs7, but poinsettia are not considered poisonous. Some of the other plants in the same genus, Euphrbia are toxic, but not poinsettias.
Old wives tale, probabley started in 1919, long story.
On the other hand, come Easter, daffodils are very toxic, all parts, as are buttercups, or all things.
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"Not to be rude Mrdjs7, but poinsettia are not considered poisonous."
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On the contrary, they are. They just happen to be NOT AS bad as they are said to be (In the "Wives Tales"). What originally tipped me off on this was a local radio station was talking to a Vet about it and that is when it came out about it. I would also like to point out that I would rather error on the side of caution. A hearty THANK YOU for pointing out about the "Other" plants during the Spring time also as I didn´t know (As I am sure a LOT of other didn´t) about some of them being deadly to pets.

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