Poisonous Plants for dogs and cats

Poisonous plants for dogs and cats are all around us

Poisonous plants for dogs and cats are all around us. For example, a common house or landscape plant can contain cardiac poisons, liver toxins, lung toxins, and nervous system poison. For this reason, a list of plants that can be potentially dangerous for your companion pets is found below. Thus, if you have any of them, keep them safely out of reach.

Potentially poisonous plants for dog and cats

Apricot Amaryllis
Avocado Arrowgrass
Baneberry Azalea
Bittersweet Bird of Paradise
Black Locust Black-eyed Susan
Boxwood Bleeding Heart
Cactus, Candelabra Bluebonnet
Cheery Buckeyes
Chinaberry Buttercup
Chrysanthemum Caladium
Coontie Palm Cardboard Palm
Cornflower Christmas Rose
Cyclamen Clematis
Deadly Nightshade Delphinium
Eggplant Elderberry
Elephant Ear Evergreens
Flax Ferns
Foxglove Hemlock
Holly Hyacinth
Hydrangea Jerusalem Cherry
Jimson Weed Lantana
Larkspur Laurel
Lily Locoweed
Lupine Marigold
Mistletoe Morning Glory
Mushrooms Oleander
Peach Peony
Philodendron Poinsettia
Poison Ivy Pokeweed
Poppy Skunk Cabbage
Potato Sago Palm
Rhododendron Sweet Pea
Tobacco Tomato
  • Chocolate and onions are also poisonous to domestic pets
  • Please note that the lists of plants contained here may not be all-inclusive, but rather a compilation of the most frequently encountered plants.

In conclusion

Be conscious of the plants inside and outside of your home that could cause a problem for your animals. Additionally, keep poisonous plants out of reach. While walking your pet, watch out for any plants that could potentially harm your animal.

Equally important, if you believe your animal has ingested a poisonous plant, try to stay calm. Remember it is important to act quickly, but rationally. Take your animal to your veterinarian as soon as possible. If you can, take a piece of the plant so your veterinarian can identify what plant it is and which course of action to take. In addition, you may want to contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. Most importantly, try to keep your pet calm.

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