Is Christmas Cactus Toxic to Dogs?

The lucky Christmas Cactus is the remembrance of Christmas’s ever-loving holiday during the hot and humid weather.

Christmas Cactus brilliant blossoms are always a popular choice for brightening up your home, and the best part is that the plant is safe for your pets.

According to ASPCA, Christmas Cactus, also known as Easter cactus, are non-toxic to dogs. However, the Christmas Cactus fibrous leaves can irritate dogs and cats and cause moderate stomach trouble.

The lively bloom of Christmas cactus. (Source: Pixabay)

As a result, you can keep this plant in your home without fear of it harming your pet.

Although the plant has been confirmed to be non-toxic, your dogs may experience problems if they consume the plant’s parts.

Continue reading to learn more.

Is Christmas Cactus Toxic to Dogs?

The Christmas Cactus will not poison your dogs as they are resistant to the plant’s harmful effects.

Any parts or the flowers of Christmas Cactus are not toxic to dogs, but the indigestion of the plants could be harmful.

The Christmas Cactus fibrous debris can induce irritation in your dog and cause slight vomiting or diarrhea. 

It would be best to keep an eye out for when your dog comes close to the plant.

A dog is playing around with a plant. (Source: Tenor)

Similarly, you could be giving your Christmas Cactus insecticides or chemical fertilizers to boost its development, which could harm your dog.

Despite these concerns, you do not need to second-guess your decision to keep this plant in your home. It is non-toxic to your pet companion.

Christmas Cactus: A Potential Harm for Dogs

Dogs are curious creatures, and the beautiful flowers of your Christmas Cactus may capture their attention.

As a dog owner, you must be familiar with your dogs’ playful and curious nature. They are tempted to indulge in new items that can be regrettably harmful.

Your dog can ingest different plant parts by mistaking them for food.

The Christmas Cactus is a non-toxic plant for your dogs; however, the plant’s risk is not the same as its toxicity.

The plant might involve some potential risks if your dog consumes some of its parts.

The Christmas cactus leaves can cause harm to your dogs (Source: Wikimedia Common)

For example, the plant consists of many fibers in its leaves, and when your dog consumes it, it might suffer from hypermotile (boost in digestive tract movement).

Similarly, some dogs are vulnerable to surplus fiber, resulting in suffering from diarrhea.

Likewise, your dog could also be allergic to Christmas Cactus and can have the following allergic reactions:

Common SymptomsHow to Check?
Abdominal discomfortIf the pet is unable to sit in one position, produces audible gut sounds, licks at flank.
VomitingFrequent lip licking, producing more saliva, resenting to eating food.
DiarrheaThe affected pet has frequent loose stool.
HivesRed or pink rashes on the body.
Appetite disordersPet shows no desire to eat food anymore and includes loss of appetite and lethargy.
WeaknessIf your pet is moving in weird way, is lethargic or hiding in a corner of the room, your pet might be weak.

When your dog comes into contact with herbicides and insecticides to boost plant development, it might cause problems.

Allergies or stomach distress are possible side effects of the substances.

On the other side, due to the plant’s large portions, your dog may choke while eating the plant’s sections, causing shortness of breath and difficulties breathing.

If your dog consumes Christmas cactus call your local veterinarian or helplines such as ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, 888-426-4435 and Pet Poison Helpline  855-764-7661.

In healthy dogs, the symptoms stated above should go away after the plant’s material is cleared from the system.

If the dog does not feel better after a few hours, see a veterinarian immediately soon.

In such cases, the veterinarian can effectively use antiemetic or antispasmodic pharmacological methods.

Veterinarian check up on dog
Veterinarian check up on dog and a cat (Source: Flickr)

Furthermore, herbicides and fertilizers contain substances that may be one of the root causes of the illness.

Consider telling your veterinarian about your plant’s fertilization history to assist them to evaluate if this is true.

How to Prevent your Dog from Consuming Christmas Cactus?

Although Christmas Cactus is not harmful to dogs, it does not mean that it will not exhibit any unpleasant symptoms if your dog eats it.

Don’t worry; there are various methods for keeping your dog from devouring the Cactus.

Keeping the plant out of reach is the most convenient and straightforward way to protect both your Christmas Cactus and dog from each other.

You can purchase a plant stand or high table to ensure your dog cannot put their paws on the plant.

Dog laying down in the ground
Dog laying in the ground (Source: Pixabay)

On the other hand, you can also isolate your plants in a separate well-lit room and lock it to avoid dogs’ access.

Similarly, your dogs are not fans of citrus smell or taste. You can fill a spray bottle with diluted lemon juice and sprinkle them on the leaves of your plant.

You can also use an alternative method by placing the cut-out lemons on the container’s soil to repel your dog’s presence.

If lemon cannot keep your pet away, you can also utilize vinegar. However, apply only a small amount to coat the plant and not damage them.


Loving plants and being dog parents can be difficult simultaneously, but we must always be prepared and keep the toxic plants away.

With this article, I hope you have a better understanding of Christmas Cactus toxicity and safety for your dog.

If you achieve in doing so, you can become an excellent parent of both.

Until then, take care, and Happy Gardening!

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