Festive Holiday Plants in a Home with Pets

Festive plants can transform our homes during the holidays! But knowing which plants can harm your pets is important when deciding how to decorate your home for “the most wonderful time of year.” There are certain plants that require caution, and some that should be avoided completely depending on the pet you have. Here is some advice to avoid dangerous holiday pet health mishaps this year.



Christmas trees are a staple in many homes during the holiday season. But live trees sit in stagnant water, which can be a breeding ground for bacteria and should not be ingested by your pet. Keep your pets away from this water as it could cause an upset tummy and diarrhea. A tree skirt or netting around the base of the tree may help to cover the water and keep pets away.


If you would like a holiday plant for your home or to gift to a pet-owning friend or family member, then the Christmas Cactus is a safe choice.


Be cautious when purchasing or placing holiday plants around your home during the holidays. Festive holiday plants like Holly and Mistletoe are much more toxic to pets than the better-known Poinsettia, which rarely causes concerning symptoms. Holly and Mistletoe contain multiple substances that are toxic to both dogs and cats; and many varieties of Lilies can cause acute kidney failure in cats if ingested. 


If you suspect that your pet may have fussed with a holiday plant, or even eaten some of the festive holiday goodies, and exhibits the following symptoms: 


  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Abnormal/Excessive Drooling
  • Respiratory Depression
  • Hypotension
  • Abdominal Discomfort


Call your Vet immediately or contact the ASPCA 24 Hour Poison Control Helpline: 888 426-4435


Holiday plants bring the spirit of the season to our homes and hearts. Knowing what can be potentially dangerous to our furry companions means a happy and healthy holiday season for all!


The entire staff of Cherrybrook Premium Pet Supplies wishes you and your pets a safe holiday and a very happy 2020.  We thank you for making our first year in Livingston a success and we look forward to helping you with all of your pet needs for many years to come. Stop in to see us soon at 517 South Livingston Avenue in Livingston or call us at 

973-486-6007.  You can also visit us at www.cherrybrook.com/livingston.

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