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4 Potentially Dangerous Holiday Decorations

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Mistletoe (Phoradendron species) is a favorite decoration for encouraging a kiss between sweethearts during the holidays. Few are aware that eating just a few berries can result in vomiting, diarrhea and moderate stomach and intestinal pain. In severe cases there may be labored breathing, dramatically lowered blood pressure, and heart failure. Make sure you keep the mistletoe hanging high and out of the reach of kids or pets.

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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

thanks

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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