Is Poinsettia Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?


The Poinsettia is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include diarrhea, drooling, irritation, licking lips and vomiting.

The poinsettia are shrubs or small trees, with heights 2.0 – 13.1 ft. It is popularly used for Christmas floral displays for its red and green foliage. It is said to be highly toxic but it is not dangerous to pets or children though can cause vomiting,diarrhea or nausea. It derives its English name from the first United States Minister to Mexico, Joel Roberts Poinsett.

The scientific name for this plant is Euphorbia pulcherrima. Additional name for this plant include Christmas Flower, Easter Flower, Étoile de Noël, Euphorbia poinsettia, Euphorbia pulcherrima, Fleur Pentecôte, Flor de Pascua, Lobster Flower Plant, Lobsterplant, Mexican Flame Leaf, Noche Buena, Paintedleaf, Papagallo, Pastora and Poinsettia Pulcherrima.

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