Even for those of us that are typically not plant people, we usually end up with some sort of greenery, plants or flowers in our home around the holidays. But for those of us with pets, we have to be careful what kinds of plants we're keeping around, because some of them could be toxic to our animals and we may not even know it.

Petsmart.com has put out a really helpful list of plants to keep your pets away from this holiday season:

  • Amaryllis
  • Chrysanthemum
  • American Mistletoe
 Phoradendron
  • Autumn Crocus
 Colchicum autumnale
  • Bittersweet
 Celastrus
  • Japanese Euonymus 
Euonymus japonicus
  • Holly
Ilex
  • Christmas Rose 
Helleborus niger
  • Crown of Thorns Euphorbia milii
  • Poinsettia
  • Jerusalem Cherry 
Solanum pseudocapsicum

I have never heard of most of these, so I think there's a good chance that I don't have to worry about my cats getting ahold of these.  However, I definitely had some chrysanthemum's in my Thanksgiving centerpiece, so I'm extremely relieved that I didn't allow my cats anywhere near it, and after dinner was over I put the centerpiece in a room that the cats don't go in.  I had no idea chrysanthemum's were poisonous to cats, I just figured better to be safe than sorry and keep all of the flowers far away from them.  Glad I did!

Here are some symptoms of plant poisoning from Petsmart.com, just in case your furry friend accidentally gets a hold of a poinsettia or anything else:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Not eating
  • Pale gums/tongue
  • Swollen tongue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Convulsions
And lastly, here's what to do if you think your pet has ingested a poisonous plant:
Bring your animal to the vet immediately.  If the vet you go to isn't open (of course these things tend to happen at the worst times when the vet isn't open, right?), then you need to go to the emergency vet.  Try to obtain the name of the plant and the scientific name if you have that info available as well.  The more details you can give the vet, the quicker he or she can diagnose your pet and the sooner they can administer treatment.