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Which Plants are Poisonous to Pets?

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Which Plants are Poisonous to Pets?

Sarah Myers

Pets consuming plants found in your home, yard, and parks can be an unexpected emergency. Believe it or not, some of the most common plants are toxic for dogs and cats. 

 Keep reading for 13 common poisonous plants for pets.


What Happens If a Pet Eats Poisonous Plants?

Ingestion of poisonous plants has different symptoms. Vomiting and diarrhea are common first signs of toxic poisons in both cats and dogs. 

In an emergency contact Dr. Jessy or the Bredel Clinic as soon as possible for assistance. Have the name of the plant available or take a picture to identify the plant.


Plants That Are Poisonous for Dogs

If you are wondering what plants are poisonous to dogs here is a short list. There are other plants to look out for so do your research. Cats can also be affected by toxins in these plants:

Aside from vomiting and diarrhea some plants also have additional symptoms to look out for with each plant:

1. Azalea (Plant)

Azalea's contain toxins that can negatively impact your pet. Without treatment, it can lead to death.


2. Caladium (Plant)

The Caladium plant causes irritation of the mouth and throat. If consumed your pet can have trouble swallowing.


3. Climbing Nightshade (Leaves, Berries)

Pets sometimes eat the berries plants produce. With the Climbing Nightshade, consumption will lead to drowsiness.


4. Daffodil (Bulbs) this is different font than the others and not on my edition of WORD

Daffodil's most commonly cause abdominal pains. Pets can also experience respiratory and heart problems. 


5. Lilly (Leaves, Flowers)

Eating Lilly's will lower blood pressure in dogs. There is also the possibility of the dog having a seizure or falling into a coma.


6. Mistletoe (Berries)

Low blood pressure, low heart rate, and trouble breathing are all symptoms that a dog has consumed berries. Consider using artificial Mistletoes for the holidays. 


Plants That Are Poisonous for Cats

Notes that dogs can also have reactions to the following plants:


7. Amaryllis (Plant)

If a cat eats Amaryllis they will experience abdominal pains which can lead to anorexia. Cats can also become depressed, and have tremors.


8. Chrysanthemum (Plant)

Lack of coordination after ingesting Chrysanthemum can happen. Hypersalivation and dermatitis can also occur.


9. English Ivy (Plant, Esp. Leaves, and Berries)

If eaten, your cat will most likely experience abdominal pains.  Hypersalivation is another common symptom.


10. Oleander (Leaves)

If your cat eats the leaves of an Oleander get help ASAP. Symptoms include a drop in heart rate, and possible death.


11. Peace Lily (Plant)

Symptoms are irritation of the mouth including burning and swelling. Excessive drooling and trouble swallowing also occur.


12. Sago Palm (Plant, Seeds)

Blood in stools, damage to the stomach lining can occur. Most severe symptoms are liver failure or death.


13. Tulip (Bulbs)

Look for irritation of the mouth and drooling. Severe symptoms include increased heart rates and respiratory problems.


Poisonous plants affect pets differently but can be very dangerous. Consider this list before you decorate your home or office.