If you’re getting into the Holiday spirit this year and have decided to purchase a Christmas tree, you may want to check out our regularly updated Christmas Tree Vendor map. And if you’re a pet owner who’s worried how your little friend will handle the new addition to your cramped apartment, we’ve got some tips for how to keep your four-legged friends from turning your holiday bush into a pile of fragrant wood chips.
First off, whether you’ve got cats or dogs, there are some holiday plants you probably want to keep out of the house: If ingested, holly (leaves and berries) causes stomach upset and can be potentially fatal to both dogs and cats. Mistletoe upsets stomachs and can cause heart collapse. Hibiscus may cause diarrhea. Poinsettias have an irritating sap that can cause blistering in the mouth and an upset stomach. Also, depending on the variety of tree, pine needle ingestion can cause complications that range from upset stomach to death. Which is why many owners go the plastic route (even though plastic can also be harmful if chewed and digested).
Now for some animal specific tips!