November 28

DECEMBER Garden Tips
Posted on November 28th, 2010 at 9:08 PM by Newark Ohio Garden Club

Holiday flowers and plants add festive beauty to our homes, but some pose danger to household pets. You may want to avoid the following plants
in your home and avoid giving these plants as gifts to family and friends who own a cat or dog .

Remember if pets ingest bulb plants, they may become severely ill or even die. The following lists plants to avoid if you have cats or dogs:

1. Holly -this plant commonly found at Christmas time can cause intense vomiting and diarrhea. Mental depression may also occur.

2. Amaryllis-pets ingesting this plant can have vomiting, diarrhea, depression, lack of appetite, tremors, drooling, and abdominal pain.

3. Mistletoe -This plant found in many homes at holiday time can also cause significant vomiting and diarrhea. In addition, pets eating mistletoe may have difficulty breathing, and slowed heart rate. The pet may collapse. If enough is eaten, the mistletoe may cause death.

Avoiding these holiday plants may save heartbreak. If your pet does ingest holly, amaryllis or mistletoe, call your vet .