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Are Poinsettias Poisonous?

As for your pets, the American Veterinary Medicine Association of America (AVMA), does not include poinsettias on its list of plants that are a threat to animals. The ASPCA states that ingestion of poinsettias may cause mild to moderate gastrointestinal tract irritation, which may include drooling, vomiting and/or diarrhea–but nothing severe or fatal.

Mistletoe, on the other hand? Not so innocent. Mistletoe may inspire spontaneous smooching, as well as  gastrointestinal distress, a slowed heartbeat and other reactions if ingested due to the presence of harmful chemicals like viscotoxins. Although not thought to be fatal, it can cause severe reactions. In pets, mistletoe may cause astrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular collapse, dyspnea, bradycardia, erratic behavior, vomiting, diarrhea, and low blood pressure. Ouch! So keep the mistletoe securely fastened above your door, but fear the poinsettia no more.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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8:56AM PST on Dec 13, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

1:19AM PST on Dec 12, 2012

Thank you :)

1:40AM PST on Dec 29, 2011

Thank you

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12:49AM PST on Dec 23, 2010

Thanks for the info. It sounds the we should mind about mistletoe but not Ponsiettas.

6:23AM PST on Dec 21, 2010

nice pic!

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