Are you aware of what your dog could be poisonous during the holiday season? If you have a dog and are not familiar with the commonly used Christmas decor items that could be dangerous for them this article can help you be aware and minimize dangers. If your pet shows the symptoms listed below, it might be a good idea to consult with a veterinarian, if the symptoms are severe it might be critical to attend a pet clinic as soon as possible.

Most homes have at least a few of the items that are harmful to dogs. Here are just a few of the most harmful decorations to keep away from your dogs:

1. Mistletoe

The berries from this common Christmas plant contains polysaccharides, alkaloids, and lectins. If your dog was to get ahold of a piece of mistletoe it could result in gastrointestinal irritation (e.g., drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain).

2. Amaryllis

This flower has lycorine and other noxious substances in it. The bulb of this plant can be even more dangerous than the flowers and stalk. This can cause salivation, gastrointestinal abnormalities (vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite and abdominal pain), lethargy and tremors.

3. Christmas Lights

It is a good idea to keep lights away from the ground out of reach of your dogs. Not only can dogs get tangled in the lights, but if they were to bite the wires they could potentially be life-threatening if they were to get electrocuted.

4. Snow Globes

Most snow globes contain ethylene glycol which is very toxic to dogs. If a snow globe was to get broken not only would the glass from it being broken be harmful but also if the liquid is ingested it could lead to potentially fatal results.

5. Potpourri

If a dog was to eat potpourri it could trigger an allergic reaction with severe consequences. Although there are some potpourri that has nontoxic ingredients so be sure to be aware of which potpourri you put in your house.

Remember these are only a few of the several holiday decorations that could be poisonous to your pets. If you are looking to visit family over the holidays and need someone to watch your pets we would like to care for them while you are gone contact us to arrange boarding your dog!

If your dog needs professional medical help, please feel free to schedule a visit with our veterinarians here at Summit Dog and Cat Hospital.

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