Are Poinsettias Poisonous to Dogs and Cats

I have a dog and a cat and several poinsettias. Are the poinsettia plants poisonous to my pets??


Red Poinsettia Plant
Poinsettia Plant

The milky white sap found in poinsettias does contain chemicals called diterpenoid euphorbol esters and saponin-like detergents. While poinsettias are commonly “hyped” as poisonous plants, they rarely are, and the poisoning is greatly exaggerated.

If a dog or cat chews on a Poinsettia Plant mild signs of vomiting, drooling, or on rare occasions, diarrhea may occur. If the milky sap gets onto the skin (humans included), dermal irritation (including redness, swelling, and itchiness) may develop. Signs are self-limiting and generally don’t require medical treatment unless severe.

The threat to animals  (and humans) is considered minimal.

Information is provided by the Poison Pet Line.

24/7 Animal Poison Control Center