Toxic Plants for your Pets

Have you ever wondered if the plants growing in your very own backyard could be toxic to your pets? Believe it or not, there are 700 different types of plants that contain toxic substances harmful to your dog or cat if ingested. Many pet owners want to know if their pet is vulnerable to plant toxicities. This relies on the type of pet you own as well as their size and how much of the plant they consumed. Here is a list of highly toxic plants for pets to watch out for!

Azalea

Azalea

The Azalea plant contains a toxin known as Grayanotoxin. This toxin is found in the nectar of plants of the Ericaceae family. This is toxic to both dogs and cats if ingested. It can cause vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea or cardiac failure. Be mindful of keeping this plant around your pets!

Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley

The Lily of the Valley contains cardenolides. Cardenolides are steroidal toxins, and according to Animal Poison Control (ASPCA), if ingested, your pet may show symptoms such as of vomiting, irregular heartbeat, disorientation, and potentially seizures. There are many other Lily plants that are toxic to pets such as the Calla Lily, the Easter Lily, and the Tiger Lily. Always be aware of these plants around your pets.

Foxglove

Foxglove

This plant is toxic to both dogs and cats. It contains Cardiac glycosides, which are found in the leaves of the foxglove plant. When ingested in large amounts, it can become toxic to your pets and cause symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, and in extreme cases cardiac failure as well as death.

Oleander

Oleander

This plant is toxic to both cats and dogs. It also contains Cardiac glycosides as did the Foxglove. According to ASPCA, clinical signs include drooling, abdominal pain, diarrhea, depression and, in extreme cases, death.

Make sure to contact your Veterinarian immediately and, if possible, let your Vet know how much of the plant was ingested. The amount ingested can affect severity of symptoms. We care about the health of your pets, and want to make sure pet owners are aware of certain plants to keep away from their furry family members!

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