Poinsettias are not deadly to pets

Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias are not lethal to dogs and cats. But they can get sick if they eat a lot of plants.

‘It’s poinsettia season!

Poinsettias are one of the most popular holiday plants because their colorful leaves can range from creamy white to traditional bright red.

Recent online searches show that many people are wondering if poinsettias can kill cats and dogs. Similar complain was cyclic above social media for several years.


Is poinsettias deadly to pets?



This is wrong.

No, poinsettias do not kill pets, but eating large amounts can cause illness.


Poinsettias have had a bad reputation for over a century. According to the ASPCA, this holiday plant has been called a pet lethal plant since about 1919. But poinsettias aren’t as dangerous to dogs and cats as many people think.

The ASPCA, American Kennel Club and Pet Poison Helpline all report that poinsettias are only mildly toxic to pets – not fatal – due to the chemicals found in the plant’s milky sap.

“While poinsettias are often ‘hyped’ as lethal, they are rarely the case and poisoning is overstated,” the Pet Poisons Helpline says on its website. its web.

When cut, the stem of the poinsettia secretes a milky white resin that contains minimal levels of chemicals called euphorbol diterpenoid esters and steroid saponins, similar to those found in detergents.

If cats and dogs consume large amounts of the sap, they may experience mild to moderate gastrointestinal irritation, such as nausea, vomiting, drooling, or sometimes diarrhea. Skin irritation, including redness, swelling, and itching, can also occur after contact with the sap.

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But the American Kennel Club and the Pet Poison Helpline both say that medical treatment is rarely needed unless symptoms are persistent and severe.

Jerry Klein, DVM, veterinary director of the American Kennel Club, said: “Potena is a plant with mild toxicity and should certainly be used with caution, but the dangers are rarely serious or severe. deadly.

To be on the safe side, Klein recommends keeping plants like poinsettias out of your pet’s reach during the holiday season. He also says to never leave your pet unattended with potentially dangerous decorations, plants or food.

While poinsettias are not lethal to pets, the ASPCA says there are several other seasonal plants that people should be wary of when pets are around.

“Holly and mistletoe can cause digestive upset and cardiovascular problems when ingested, and the various varieties of lilies commonly found in holiday bouquets can cause depression,” the ASPCA says. kidney in cats.

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Edmund DeMarche

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