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Are Poinsettia Plants Poisonous To Dogs?

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If you have a dog, you know that they are curious and love to explore. However, dogs also seem to like to eat just about anything. 

One of the most common plants is the poinsettia plant, often found in homes during Christmas time.

If you have one in your home or are thinking about getting one, you have come to the right place to find out if they are safe or not! 

Poinsettias are mildly poisonous to dogs and, if consumed, can cause your dog to have an upset stomach. However, it won’t be anything more than an upset tummy or irritation to the mouth area. The symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhoea, and hypersalivation. Depending on consumption amount will depend on how long the symptoms can last. It would be best if you kept them out of reach from your dog.

What is a Poinsettia plant?

Poinsettias are beautiful plants. They come in red, pink, white and other colours. However, around the Christmas period, the majority are red. 

Poinsettia plants bloom between October and December and live for about 2 to 3 months after flowering. 

Poinsettia plants love a mixture of daylight and darkness. So a window seal would be ideal for this type of plant. 

The soil should always be moist but not soggy. Not enough water or too much water will turn the plant yellowish. 

Scientific Name: Euphorbia pulcherrima

Family: Euphorbiaceae

What should I do if my dog ate a poinsettia plant?

A poinsettia plant can become a severe issue for dogs if they have excessively eaten the plant. So if they have already had a munch down on this plant, try not to panic. It depends on how much they have had and the size of your dog. See it through, and don’t offer your dog anything to eat or drink for a few hours so the gastrointestinal tract can settle down. 

Keep a watchful eye on your dog! 

If symptoms of sickness do become severe, the secondary problem becomes dehydration—that is why it is essential to assess your dog’s character after. Symptoms shouldn’t last more than two hours after consumption. 

Suppose something doesn’t feel right about your dog, and they arent their usual self, as per the signs below. You must seek veterinary help. 

Signs of poisoning in dogs

  • High body temperature
  • Lethargic
  • Hypersalivation
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea

Ways to keep your dog safe around poinsettias?

  • Keep them out of reach.
  • Make sure the surface you are putting the plant on is above eye level for your dog.
  • Ensure the plant’s surface will also catch the leaves from falling on the floor.
  • If you have cats make sure they are away from cats reach because cats can knock them on the floor

Why are they mildly poisonous to dogs?

The leaves and stems contain toxins called saponins, this irritant sap, which can be toxic for dogs if consumed in large quantities or eaten over an extended period. 

Can my dog get sick from eating a small amount of poinsettias plant?

No, your dog shouldn’t get sick from eating only a tiny amount of poinsettia plant. 

Other plants that are poisonous to dogs around the Christmas period

  • Christmas Trees
  • Holly
  • Ivy
  • Mistletoe
  • Potpourri


Don’t panic if your dog has eaten a small amount; they will be fine. However, please keep the plant out of reach from your dog. If your dog shows any severe and prolonged symptoms, you will need medical attention.

Enjoy your poinsettia plant. They are indeed a magical sign of Christmas and happy memories with family and friends.

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