Poisonous Plants and Your Pet

02 Dec Poisonous Plants and Your Pet

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With the holidays in full swing here are a few tips to keep in mind when decorating with holiday plants.  Juniper, holly and mistletoe  are all toxic to your pets, poinsettias are mildly toxic to your cats and dogs, but care should also be taken to keep them away from them.   Always be aware of the location of your plants in your yard or home.  If you choose to use them in your decor, place them somewhere your pets cannot get to them.  Ingestion of even small amounts of rhododendron or azalea, oleander, lily, or yew can be harmful or fatal to your pets.  Below is the link to the Pet poison helpline:  http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poisons/.

Symptoms of Plant Poisoning

  • Irritation to skin and or mouth
  • Drooling
  • Diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness
  • Vomiting  (Note:  vomiting is common after dogs or cats ingest plant material–seek care especially if vomiting accompanies other symptoms.))

Lilies Hazardous to Cats

  • Members of the lily family (Easter, tiger, day, rubrum, Japanese show) are especially toxic to cats and can cause kidney failure within 72 hours.  Lilies should be removed from homes with cats, or kept inaccessible.

Poisonous Plants (Note:  This is not a comprehensive list of all poisonous plants.  If a plant is not on the list, do not automatically consider it to be safe)

Aloe Vera
Amaryllis
Apple (seeds, leaves)
Apricot (pit, leaves)
Asparagus Fern
Autumn Crocus*
Avocado (fruit, pit)
Azalea*
Baby’s Breath
Begonia
Bittersweet
Bird of Paradise
Buddhist Pine
Caladium
Calla Lilly
Cstor Bean*
Ceriman
Cherry (leaves, pits)
Christmas Rose
Cineraria
Clematis
Cordatum
Corn Plant
Cornstalk Plant
Croton
Cyads*
Cyclamen
Daffodil
Diffenbachia/Dumb Cane
Dracaena/Dragon Tree
Elephant Ear
Fiddle-leaf Fig
Foxglove*
Geranium
Holly (berries)
Hyacinth
Hydrangea
Iris
Ivy, all varieties
Jersalem Cherry
Juniper (needles, berries)
Kalanchoe*
Larkspur
Laurel
Lily*(most varieties)
Lily of the Valley*
Marijuana
Mistletoe
Morning Glory
Mushroom*(some)
Narcissus
Nightshade
Oleander*
Oregon Grape
Peach )leaves, pits)
Philodendron
Plum (pit, leaves)
Poison Hemlock
Poison Ivy
Poison Oak
Poison Sumac
Poppy
Potato Plant
Pothos
Primrose
Rhodendron*
Rhubarb
Ribbon Plant
Sago Palm
Skunk Cabbage
String of Pearls
Tomato (green fruit, stems, leaves)
Tulips
Weeping Fig
Yew*

*=Highly Toxic:  Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet ingests one of these plants.