The lovely Poinsettia. Much admired by the Christmas holiday loving set, and equally feared by dog and cat lovers. But fear not the Poinsettia, pet lovers, this lovely plant poses little threat to your four-legged family members.
According to the ASPCA's website: "...plant—rumors of [the Poinsettia's] toxic potential are greatly exaggerated, say ASPCA experts."
Sweet! Poinsettias for everyone!
Not so fast there, Slappy. Now that you can go and festoon your home with bunches of these beauties you do still need to be diligent when it comes to your pet's contact with them.
The article goes on to quote APCC's Dana B. Farbman, CVT, as saying: “In reality, ingestions typically produce only mild to moderate gastrointestinal tract irritation in pets, which may include drooling, vomiting and diarrhea.”
E ew. Since drooling, vomiting and diarrhea is no fun around the holidays you should probably keep Muffin and Socks from nibbling on the foliage and cleaning their teeth with the stems. But if they should happen to partake in their own version of Christmas cheer be ready with the paper towels and cleaning solution.
Do you think fifty Poinsettias is too many for one house? I've got to make up for lost time.