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Pets and Christmas

Christmas trees, Christmas plants and the risks to our animals

Mistletoe and holly are typical ornamental Christmas plants. But be careful: the berries of both species are poisonous. The symptoms of poisoning are saliva flow, diarrhoea, vomiting and nervous disorders. Mistletoe can also lead to heart
disorders. When the animal has eaten a large dose and is not treated quickly, this can result in death.


The poinsetta is a poisonous plant that will irritate the animal’s digestive system, and prolonged contact will also irritate skin and mucous membranes. Please do not take any chances and keep this plant well away from your pet. In case it did eat from the plant, immediately administer plenty of water and some norit and take it to the vet’s right away.

We have to be careful when it comes to Christmas trees. The needles contain lots of poisonous substances. Please do not put the food bowl too close to the tree and do not let your rodents gnaw at the stem.
Angel’s hair contains fibreglass, so please do not use it, or only very high up in the tree.
Christmas balls and other ornaments often are a real challenge to a dog or cat. Please be careful, it is easy for them to get hurt!
Please hang your chocolate Christmas ornaments high up in the tree as well: chocolate is pure poison for a dog.

Used with permission from www.petlook.nl