10 COMMON POISONOUS PLANTS FOR DOGS AND CATS

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by Gigi McWherter

Home&GardenLogoHaving to deal with a pet that has been poisoned by a plant is a very scary situation. Wondering who to call and what could have been done to prevent it is equally frightening. To answer the prevention question, here is a list of some of the most toxic plants:

For dogs

  • Autumn Crocus
  • Azalea
  • Daffodil
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Tulips
  • Kalanchoe “Mother-in-law Plant”
  • Sago Palm
  • Oleander
  • Cyclamen (Showbread)
  • Amaryllis

For cats

  • Autumn Crocus
  • Azalea
  • Daffodil
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Tulip
  • Kalanchoe (Mother-in-law plant)
  • Lily, especially Tiger, Day, Asiatic, Easter and Japanese lilies. The pollen from just one of these can be lethally poisonous to cats.
  • Sago Palm
  • Oleander
  • Cyclamen

To answer the “What to Do” question, if you suspect your pet has consumed any of the above listed plants or if you are not sure if a plant consumed is toxic, contact your veterinarian immediately and, if possible, bring a piece of the plant to the vet’s office.

Important Contacts:

Poison Control Hotline:
ASPCA Poison Control
888-426-4435
$65 consultation fee

University of Arizona
(limited information for animals) 
800-222-1222

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Two other items to keep away from your pets – chocolate and rodent poison. Even a small amount of chocolate can be deadly for your pet, depending on the size of your dog. Rodenticides are not only poisonous to your pet; birds of prey are also affected if they eat a mouse, rat or gopher that has consumed the poison. If you believe your pet has consumed either, please seek immediate veterinary care.)