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4 Potentially Dangerous Holiday Decorations

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Holly Berries (Ilex species) are an iconic holiday decoration (it even has it’s own carol!) and is popular for its dark green leaves and bright red berries. However, eating these can cause vomiting, diarrhea, dermatitis and stupor. While the effects are likely to be mild, since the berries are quite bitter and usually aren’t eaten in large quantities, a sick child or pet could be an unpleasant holiday interruption. Keep them high up on mantles or bookshelves to avoid incident.

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.


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1:40AM PST on Dec 29, 2011

Thank you

7:17AM PST on Dec 6, 2011

Thanks for sharing!

8:39AM PST on Dec 20, 2010

Thanks for sharing

11:45PM PST on Dec 19, 2010

thanks for the article

3:41PM PST on Dec 18, 2010

Great article.

5:28AM PST on Dec 18, 2010

thank you

5:30PM PST on Dec 15, 2010

Thanks for the info. Shared.

11:33AM PST on Dec 15, 2010


7:40AM PST on Dec 14, 2010

Don't bring these things into your house than you won't have to worry if someone/thing gets sick.

1:20PM PST on Dec 13, 2010

Tinsel is another dangerous decoration. Cats are especially vulnerable to this one since they love to chase shiny, string-y things. The tinsel can actually perforate the intestines so I'd suggest using a thick ribbon or perhaps bows to decorate the tree. Nancy P made an excellent point about being aware of what your guests are up to! They may unintentionally bring in a bouquet that has toxic plants/flowers or they may feed your pet or child something that isn't good for them (unknowingly of course), or they may just accidentally drop it on the carpet! Kind of makes me glad I'm not having any guests over this Christmas.

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