Holiday and Seasonal Hazards

While holidays such as Christmas, and New Year’s Day, can bring us much celebration and joy, they can also offer some potential hazards to our pets. Here is a partial list of things which are potentially dangerous to your pet:



Christmas tree lights and electrical cords can be fatal if chewed on by a dog (or cat). Whenever possible, keep electrical cords out of reach.

Plastic Food Wrap

Plastic food wrap can cause choking or intestinal obstruction. Some dogs will eat the plastic wrapping when there are food remnants left coating its surface.

Tinsel and Other Christmas Tree Ornaments

When ingested by a dog (or cat), tinsel may cause obstruction of the intestines, and the tinsel’s sharp edges can even cut the intestines. Symptoms may include: decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, listlessness and weight loss. Treatment usually requires surgery.


When a dog’s internal temperature drops below 96 degrees F (by being exposed to cold weather for long periods, or getting both wet and cold), there is a serious risk to the dog’s safety. Small and short-haired dogs should wear sweaters when taken for walks during cold winter weather. Any sign that a dog is very cold — such as shivering — should signal the owner to bring the dog indoors immediately.

Ice-Melting Chemicals and Salt

Ice-melting chemicals and salt placed across sidewalks and roads can cause severe burning to your dog’s footpads. Whenever possible, avoid walking your dog through these substances, and wash off his footpads when you return home. There are also products available such as Musher’s Secret which can be applied to your dog’s footpads prior to going outside, that may help reduce the pain that is often caused by road salt and chemicals.

Poisonous Plants

Dogs (and cats) can become extremely ill or even die from eating poisonous plants. Keep all unknown types of plants and any plants suspected of being poisonous out of reach of your pet, and/or spray with Bitter Apple (for plants). ie: Christmas Tree — Needles, Tree Water…see below:


Poisonous PlantsPartial List Click here for more

Acocanthera — Fruit and Flowers
Amanita Mushroom
Amaryllis — bulbs
Amsinckia/Tarweed — Foliage, Seeds
Angel Trumpet Tree — Flowers and Leaves
Apple Seeds
Apricot Pits & Seed Kernal
Atropa Belladona
Airplane Plant
Avocado Leaves
Balsam Pear — Seeds, Outer Rind of Fruit
Beach Pea
Betel Nut Palm
Bird Of Paradise — Seeds
Bittersweet — Berries
Black-Eyed Susan
Black Locust
Bladder Pod
Bottlebrush — Flowers
Boxwood Bleeding Heart
Boxwood Tree
Buckthorn — Fruit, Bark
Buttercup — Sap, Bulbs
Calla Lily
Cardinal Flower
Carolina Jessamine
Cassava — Roots
Castor Bean — Leaves, Bean
Chalice vine / Trumpet vine
Cherry Tree — Everything Except Fruit
Cherry Laurel
Chinaberry Tree — Berries
Christmas Berry — Berries
Christmast Cactus — Sap
Christmas Candle
Christmas Rose
Christmas Tree — Needles, Tree Water
Common Prive
Coral plant
Corn Cockle
Crocus (Autumn) — Bulbs
Crocus — Bulbs
Daphne — Berries
Datura / Jimsonweed
Deadly Amanita
Deadly Nightshade
Death Camas
Death Cap Mushroom
Deiffenbachia / Dumb Cane
Destroying Angel / Death Cap
Dragon Tree
Dutchman’s Breeches
Dogwood — Fruit
Eggplant — Foliage
Elderberry — Foliage
Elephant’s Ear / Taro — Foliage
English Holly Berries
English Ivy
Euphorbia / Spurges
False Hellebore
False Henbane
Fiddleneck / Senecio
Fly Agaric / Amanita
Four O’Clock
Ghostweed / Snow On The Mountain
Golden chain / Laburnum
Holly Berries (English and American)
Horsetail Reed / Equisetum Hyacinth — Bulbs
Hydrangea — Flower Buds
Iris — Bulb
Jack-In-The-Pulpit /Indian Turnip
Jasmine Star
Jatropha — Seeds, Sap
Java bean — Uncooked Bean
Jerusalem Cherry — Berries
Jessamine — Berries
Johnson Grass
Juniper — Needles, Stems and Berries
Lambkill / Sheep laurel
Lords and Ladies / Cuckoopint
Lily of the Valley — All parts of the plant, as well as vase water
Mayapple — All parts, except fruit
Mescal Bean
Milk Vetch
Milkweeds — Foliage
Mistletoe Berries
Moccasin Flower
Mock orange — Fruit
Morning glory
Mother-In-Law’s Tongue
Mountain Laurel
Mushrooms (many wild forms)
Narcissus — Bulbs
Narcissus Jonquilla
Natal Cherry
Nicotine Bush
Oak — Acorns, Leaves
Oleander (very poisonous)
Peach — Pit
Pear Seeds

Pennyroyal — Foliage & Flowers
Pine Needles
Poison Hemlock
Poison Ivy
Poison Oak
Poison Sumac

Pokewood / Poke cherry — Roots, Fruit
Potato plant — New shoots and Eyes

Privet Shrub
Rhubarb Plants
Rosary Peas — Pods, Seeds, Flowers
Russian Thistle
Sago Palm
Scarlet Pimpernel
Senecio / Fiddleneck
Skunk Cabbage
Spanish Bayonet
Spider Plant
Star Of Bethlehem
Sudan Grass
Tansy — Foliage, Flowers
Tiger Lily
Toad flax — Foliage
Tobacco Leaves
Tomato Plant — All parts, except for fruit
Toyon Berry — Berries
Trillium — Foliage
Trumpet Vine
Venus Flytrap
Virginia Creeper — Sap
Tobacco Plants
Water Hemlock
Wild Parsnip — Roots, Foliage
Yellow Jessamine
Yellow Star Thistle
Yew (American, English and Japanese)

Note: Veterinary treatment should be immediate if poisoning is suspected.


LINKS*      *Not a recomendation of veterinarian(s). Just a starting point for you to search/decide. Links may inclue Vets in surrounding area and may overlap.

National Animal Poison Control Center

Fargo Vets

West Fargo Vet

Moorhead vets

Casselton Vet

Hawley vet

Lisbon vet

Enderlin Vet

Valley City Vets

Jamestown vets

Carrington vet

Detroit lakes vets

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