Poisonous Holiday Plants

During the holidays there are many poisonous plants harmful to cats and dogs. Some plants to avoid at the holidays are Poinsettia Plants, Mistletoe and Holly, Christmas Trees, and Lillies and Daffodils.

Poinsettia Plants are mildly toxic to cats and dogs. If small amounts are ingested you will notice signs of an upset stomach. If large amounts become ingested the Poinsettia Plant may cause seizures.

Mistletoe and Holly are the most toxic holiday plants to cats and dogs. They are claimed to be moderately to severely toxic to animals.

Christmas Trees are considered mildly toxic to our pets. The tree oils can cause irritation to the pets mouth and stomach which leads to excess drooling and possibly vomiting.

Lillies and Daffodils such as, Amaryllis and Narcissus are also extremely harmful holiday plants. Amaryllis and Narcissus plants can cause symptoms such as, gastrointestinal problems, cardiac arrhythmia, kidney failure, and convulsions.

Pet owners beware. If your pets show any signs of unusual vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or excessive drooling check your holiday plants for missing leaves or chew spots. If your pet has ingested a poisonous holiday plant please call your Veterinarian and Poison Control immediately. To prevent them from eating these plants, place them out of reach to your pet and look up to see if any of your holiday plants are poisonous to your pet.

Pet Poison Help Line: (800) 213-6680
ASPCA: (888) 426-4435
Carolinas Poison Center: (800) 848-6946 (704) 355-4000
Duke Regional Poison Control Center: (800) 672-1697 (NC only) (919) 684-8111
Triad Poison Center, Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital: (800) 953-4001 (NC only) (919) 574-8105

Dog Food Recall

Salmonella Outbreak Prompts Diamond Pet Food Recall!

” As of May 3, at least 14 people in the U.S. were infected with the same strain of Salmonella Infantis that was found in samples of dry dog food produced by Diamond Pet Foods’ manufacturing plant in Gaston, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Five of the U.S. outbreak victims required hospitalization. “

Read the full article on FoodSafetyNews.com

See the updated Diamond Pets Foods Recall Information. (Link no longer working)

Toxic Plants For Pets

Barbados Lily
Common Names: Amaryllis, Fire Lily, Lily of the Palace, Ridderstjerne
Toxic to dogs and cats

Spring has Sprung! Do you love having your pet outside with you? Make sure to be aware of all the hazardous plants– we don’t want any accidents.

Visit ASPCA.org for a compilation of the most frequently encountered plants that are toxic to animals. You can search by dog, cat or horse and print a list of toxic and non-toxic plants for each (a great reference for when you need it).

If you suspect that your pet might have eaten any plant that might be toxic, contact his/her vet immediately.

Product Alert: Dog Treats

DO NOT FEED your pet dog treats imported from China. FDA issued a warning in November 2011 “Pet treats imported from China can cause severe illness”. Dogs from puppies to seniors have been falling ill and dying and the only common event is that each of them ate dog treats imported from China. At this time the FDA is aware of the connection and is investigating. No formal recall has been announced at this time.

Best advice is to check all pet treats before giving them to your pet for ingredients and manufacturing. Buy only USA made and preferable human grade, organic ingredients.

Mt. Tabor Boarding & Grooming offers only USA made, human grade, organic pet treats.