If you’re like me, you’ve always thought that poinsettia plants were deadly to pets. After some quick research online, I’ve learned they are only mildly toxic to dogs and cats! Keep reading to learn more about poinsettia plant basics and your four legged family members.
The Truth About Your Beloved Poinsettia Plant
You may believe that poinsettia plants are deadly to cats and dogs. But, this is unlikely. The leaves of a poinsettia plant contain a milky sap, which irritates the “tissues of the mouth and esophagus.” Ingesting the plant causes generally mild toxicity levels in dogs and cats. Reactions to these levels can include: drooling, licking lips, vomiting, and diarrhea. Skin irritation (redness, swelling, and itchiness) may also be possible. A large amount of this plant needs to be consumed to cause poisoning. Most animals won’t eat enough because of the irritation caused by the plant and sap.
Use of Pesticides and Poinsettia Plants
Your pets may become seriously ill if the plant was “treated with pesticides.” The amount ingested and the size of your pet determines the “severity of the poisoning.” Young pups or kittens are the most at risk. If you believe your pet has consumed a plant treated with pesticides, monitor for potentially severe reactions: seizures, coma, and, possibly, death. You should also consult with your veterinarian as soon as possible.
play it safe
We all crave nature in our indoor environments. If you’re a die hard fan of poinsettia plants, but don’t want to worry about them with your pets, faux may be the way to go!
I attended the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival over the weekend. I fell in love with the wood flowers by D&M Wooden Flowers and Vases! One of the first items that caught my eye was a grouping of poinsettia bouquets on display. They looked so realistic and the craftsmanship was incredible! They sell a variety of types of flowers, too. Easy to create a long lasting bouquet without the fear of harming our four-legged loved ones!
I want to remind my readers that I’m not a medical professional. And, while the research I’ve found shows that poinsettia plants aren’t poisonous, please do take care with all plants in the home. We all know how our pets act and when something is off. If you are sensing something not right, consult a veterinarian.
(I am not responsible for the health of your family/pets. Please consult a veterinarian for professional advice and guidance.)