From Table to Tree: Toxic Tidbits to Avoid this Holiday Season

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As you know, the seasons are changing and the holidays are approaching fast. During this time we clean and decorate the house, spend hours in the kitchen cooking special meals, and let’s not forget spending as much time with our loved ones including our pets!

But in a blink of an eye, accidents happen. Your pet can get a hold of food or plants that they shouldn’t and that can lead you down a road of a very pricey vet bill, or even worse, the loss of your best friend.

In order to avoid this from happening, you should take precautions this holiday season. Knowledge is power right?

Here is a list of poisonous household plants, yard plants, and common foods to avoid giving your pets and will help you have a safer and happier holiday! Remember this list contains many, but not all of the toxic plants/foods, so check the links at the bottom of the article for more information.

 

PLANT TOXIC PARTS PLANT TYPE
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Alcohol
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Aloe Vera entire plant Shrub
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American Holly Whole plant Tree/shrub
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American Yew Whole plant Tree
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Apple Seeds cultivated tree
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Apricot pit Cultivated tree
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Avocado entire plant Fruit
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Azaleas entire plant cultivated & wild shrub
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Bird-of-Paradise Pods garden flower
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Buckeye sprouts, nuts, seeds Tree
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Buttercup entire plant esp. leaves wildflower, garden herb
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Caffeine
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Castor bean entire plant esp. bean house plant
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Chocolate Whole plant (including the mulch derived from it) and chocolate food products Tree
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Coffee Beans, grounds and drinks made from them Garden Shrub
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Daffodil Bulbs garden flower
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Daphne bark, berries, leaves ornamental shrub
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Day lily entire plant is toxic to cats garden & wildflower
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Dough (raw/uncooked)
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Elderberry leaves, bark, roots, buds Tree
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Elephant’s ear entire plant house plant
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English Ivy entire plant esp. leaves, berries ornamental vine
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Foxglove Leaves wild & garden flower
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Garlic entire plant garden plant
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Hops Entire plant Garden plant
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Jimsonweed entire plant esp. seeds field plant
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Macadamia Nuts Nut Tree
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Manchineel Tree sap, fruit Tree
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Milk vetch entire plant Wildflower
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Mistletoe Berries house plant
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Mushroom entire plant Fungi
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Mustards Seeds Wildflower
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Nicotiana (tobacco) Leaves garden flower
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Oleander Leaves ornamental shrub
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Onion Entire plant Garden plant
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Peach Pit Tree
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Persimmon Seeds Tree
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Plum Pit Tree
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Poinsettia leaves, stem, flowers house plant
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Poison hemlock leaves, stem, fruit field plant
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Potato shoots, sprouts garden plant
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Raisins (grapes) Currants (whole fruit) Fruit
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Rhubarb Leaves garden plant
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Sago palm entire plant esp seeds ornamental plant
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Skunk cabbage entire plant esp roots, leaves marsh plant
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Tea Leaves (possibly plant as well) and anything made from it (tea drink) Even Decaf tea can cause problems. Garden plant
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Tomatoes Plant and fruit (less toxic as it ripens) Garden plant
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Xylitol (Gum)  A sweetener used in may candies, pastries, toothpastes and mouthwashes. Check ingredients to ensure there is no Xylitol!
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Wild black cherry leaves, pits Tree
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Wild radish Seeds Wildflower
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Wisteria pods, seeds ornamental plant
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Yellow oleander entire plant esp. leaves garden plant
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Yellow pine flax entire plant esp. seedpods Wildflower
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Walnuts The hull of the nut
(technically the mold that grows on it)
Tree
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pizap.com14151465492451Often people will say “My dog ate ______ lots of times and didn’t die, so ______ doesn’t kill dogs.” But that logic is no better than “My dog runs in the street all the time and has never been hit by a car, so dogs never get hit by cars.

Just because they survived the last time they ate something does not mean it will be the same every time, so the best plan is to avoid letting your pet have these things in any form.

Also beware that less reputable treat companies still use garlic and onion in treats. While it normally takes a significant amount to harm your pet, it is best to avoid such “treats” and instead go for a safer option.

We hope your holidays will be safe and full of love & memories!
Special thanks to Sally Jefferson for this amazing article and resource!

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If you would like read more about poisonous foods and plants to your pets here are some links that will give you further information!

ASPCA: A Large list of toxic plants (longer than this one)

The Humane Society: Foods that can be poisonous to pets

ASPCA: Foods that are Hazardous to Dogs

Pet Education: Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Dog

SPCAFC: Poisonous Plants

Earth Clinic: Poisonous Plants

Pet Poison Hotline: List of Poisons

Cesar’s Way: Garden dangers for dogs: Common plants that can kill

 

Email us for more information: TheDogLiberator@gmail.com







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