29 C
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Are Christmas Trees and Ornaments Poisonous to Your Pet?

Featured Posts

Keira Knightley Explains her Battle With PTSD

Keira Knightley's battle with PTSD makes us understand being a celebrity or being famous doesn’t mean your life is perfect, especially if you are...

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus: Specs, Release date and Pricing

It’s that time of the year when you see series of rumors, renders and leaks everywhere on the internet concerning the next Samsung’s Smartphone...

Kinkajou – Profile and Information

Also known as honey bears, Kinkajous are small, golden-brown mammals that stay in the rainforest and are increasingly kept as pets. Popular celebrities like Paris...

Kwese TV: Africa’s Fast Growing Broadcasting Network

Strive Masiyiwa had it all mapped out when the broadcasting network, Kwese TV launched or at least so it seems. The renowned Zimbabwean businessman...

Postpartum Depression – Symptoms and Treatment

The "baby blues" is due to the mother’s changes in hormone levels and from being exhausted trying to take care of her new born...

ChristmasWe can easily get carried away by the hustle and bustle of the holiday season so much that we forget things as simple as how chewing on some of our holiday plants can be dangerous for our pets.


Holly and mistletoes are known to be poisonous for our dogs and cats, but only few people are aware that the Christmas tree is also unhealthy for pets. You may spend more time worrying about your pet treating the present open or tipping the tree over, but you probably should be more worried about your pet eating the tree.

Christmas is an exciting time for humans but we can’t say exactly the same for animals especially the cats. Cats find it difficult to resist most holiday plants, and as we have any stated, most of these plans are usually poisonous. The toxicity of these holiday plants can either be mild or severe. The amount of the plant ingested also plays a role in determining how severe the poisoning will be.

The Christmas tree

Christmas Trees

The Christmas tree is only mildly toxic when compared to the holly and mistletoes. The oils of the fir tree can be irritating to the stomach and mouth, causing excessive vomiting and drooling.

The needles of the christmas tree and not easily digestible thus they can cause puncture, vomiting, GI irritation, and even gastrointestinal obstruction. Even though the focus of this article is live trees, artificial Christmas trees are also dangerous for your pets when ingested.

With artificial trees, the major thing you want to worry about is intestinal obstruction and the toxins that are released by the artificial materials. As I earliest pointed out, the level of damage ingesting this plant can cause depends on the quantity your pet eats. The best bet will be to keep your pet away from your holiday tree when you are not home so you are sure it doesn’t nibble on it.

What to look out for

If you think your pet has probably chewed on any plant or nibbled on your christmas tree, monitor your animal for any change in behavior like water consumption, salivating, excessive licking, activity, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Additional tree safely concerns

While we are focused on the danger of ingesting parts of the Christmas tree, do not forget the tree water can also be a cause for concern. Pesticides, preservatives, fertilizers and other agents like aspirin are added to the tree water to keep the tree looking fresh.

These chemicals may have deadly consequences for your kids, dog, or cat if they drink the water. It is safest if the water is kept closed and out of reach of pets and children.


Holiday plants

No holiday plants is exempted when it comes to toxicity for animals. So whether they were given to you as a present or you got them for decoration, keep your pets away from your holiday plants.

Christmas lights

Whether you keep the lights somewhere else in the house or on the tree, it can pose a hazard to curious dogs and cats. Chewing on the lights or cords can cause burns in the mouth or even electric shocks. Always check the cords of your Christmas lights to see if your pet has chewed on it or for any wear or tear.

If you notice that your pet is drooling, reluctant to eat, or showing any signs of pain in the mouth, make sure to see a vet to rule out electrical burns or any dental disease.

Holiday ornaments

Some Christmas tree ornaments can also pose a threat to your pet. Ingestion of small ornaments can lead to rupture or gastrointestinal blockage depending on the material it is made from.

Be careful this holiday season and keep your pet safe.


More articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Trending Now.

Screen to Body Ratio: 22 Smartphones With the Highest Screen to Body Ratio in 2020

Screen to body ratio on a smartphone screen recently turned into an important thing to consider when comparing smartphones.  It became more important after...

How to Apply For NYSC Revalidation and Remobilization?

Every year thousands of Nigerian graduates register for the National Youth Service Corps program and are sent to different parts of the country to...

Uses and Functions of ROM (Read-only Memory)

A computer is a very important device and besides being the best gadget to play your favorite video games or watching your favorite movies,...

Startimes Subscription Prices, Packages and Channels List in 2020

StarTimes Nigeria is one of the popular cable TV providers in Nigeria. This service is a subsidiary of a Chinese based company called Startimes...

Netflix Download Limit: What Is It and How You Can Get Around It?

Netflix introduced its 'download feature' for offline viewing back in 2016, allowing its users to download content and enjoy it offline while they are...

6 Different Types of Car Engines

An engine is the soul and heart of your car simply because it’s the most important part of a vehicle. It acts as the...

GB WhatsApp, WhatsApp Plus and OG WhatsApp Tips and Tricks

Checkout the new GB WhatsApp Tutorial. Hello, welcome to WhatsApp Plus, OG WhatsApp and GB WhatsApp tips and tricks. For the sake of this article,...

Definition of RAM, Its Uses and Functions

We are in the 21st century and regardless of how we deny it, we are truly living in a digital era. All people young...

6 Different Types of Motherboards

Motherboards are considered as the heart of any computer you use. This is mainly because they contain important components such as the memory and...

9+ Infinix Phones With Best Camera in 2020

People purchase smartphones for different reasons, and it is no brainer that the camera specifications is one of the features they look out for...