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DANGEROUS AND HAZARDOUS PLANTS

by TheDogPlace.org Staff

 

Veterinary toxicologist's warning, photos, descriptions of common landscaping and indoor plants dangerous to children and pets, plus Poison Control hotline phone number.

 

You would never allow a three-year old child unsupervised access to the yard or garden but it's not uncommon for dogs, particularly puppies, to be poisoned by plants in your own yard!  Veterinary toxicologist Dr. Safdar Khan warns that many plants "have the potential to cause serious, even fatal systemic effects when ingested.”  The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (phone number below) lists the five most potentially dangerous plants to pets. TheDogPlace.org has added photos to help you recognize potentially toxic plants. We suggest you  print this page  and save it in your pet's records folder or notebook so you can find it if you ever suspect your dog has been poisoned.

 

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Lilies are beautiful but dangerous to children and pets* LILIES, rank number one in dangerous plant can volume at the APCC, and are highly toxic to cats. Says Khan, “It is clear that even with ingestions of very small amounts, severe kidney damage could result.” An owner in Pennsylvania lost her cat to kidney failure from ingesting only a small portion of an Easter lily. Lilies are beautiful but dangerous plants!

 

Toxic Azaleas are very popular in the south.* AZALEAS, indigenous to many eastern and western states and commonly used in landscaping, contain substances that can produce vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, weakness, and central nervous system depression. Severe cases could lead to death from cardiovascular collapse. Enjoy the colorful hardy Azalea but limit use to restricted areas.

 

* Frequently used as an ornamental plant, OLEANDER contains toxic components that can cause irritation of the gastrointestinal tract, hypothermia, and potentially severe cardiac problems. The stunning white flowers belie this plant's toxicity. It may be best for front yards where children and pets do not play.

 

Sago Palm can be deadly to dogs* Also a popular ornamental plant, SAGO PALM, can potentially produce vomiting, diarrhea, depression, seizures, liver failure, and even death. One pit bull terrier in Florida became ill and subsequently died from liver failure after chewing on the leaves and base of a sago palm in his yard. Bull Terriers like to walk under the leaves (Bullies are funny that way) and although the trance-like behavior is not to be confused with a toxic reaction, they are best discouraged.

 

Castor Bean plants are a particularly dangerous plant because they are very attractive to pets and children* Although all parts of the CASTOR BEAN plant are dangerous, the seeds contain the highest concentration of toxins. Ingestion can produce significant abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and weakness; in severe cases, dehydration, tremors, seizures, and even death could result.

 

If you suspect that your pet may have consumed one of these dangerous plants or any other potentially toxic substance - contact your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435.

 

Other Toxic Plants, Fruits & Vegetable Parts  print this page 

Aloe Vera

Amarylillis

Apple (seeds)

Apple Leaf Croton

Apricot (pit)

Asparagus Fern

Autumn Crocus

Avacado (fruit & pit)

Azalea

Baby's Breath

Bird of Paradise

Bittersweet

Branching Ivy

Buckey

Buddist Pine

Caladium

Calla Lily

Castor Bean

Ceriman

Charming Dieffenbachia

Cherry -seeds & wilting leaves

Chinese Evergreen

Christmas Rose

Cineraria

Clematis

Cordatum

Corn Plant

Cornstalk Plant

Croton

Cuban Laurel

Cutleaf Philodendron

Cycads

Cyclamen

Daffodil

Devil's Ivy

Dieffenbachia

Dracaena Palm

Dragon Tree

Dumb Cane

Easter Lily (especially in cats!!!!)

Elaine

Elephant Ears

Emerald Feather

Eucalyptus

English Ivy

Fiddle-leaf fig

Florida Beauty Foxglove

Fruit Salad Plant

Geranium

German Ivy

Giant Dumb Cane

Glacier Ivy

Gold Dieffenbachia

Gold Dust Dracaena

Golden PothosHahn's self-Branching Ivy

Heartland Philodendron

Hurricane Plant

Indian Rubber Plant

Janet Craig Dracaena

Japanese Show Lily (especially cats !!!)

Jeusalem Cherry

Kalanchoe

Lacy Tree Philodendron

Lily of the Valley

Madagascar Dragon Tree

Marble Queen

Marijuana

Mexican Breadfruit

Miniature Croton

Mistletoe

Morning Glory

Mother-in Law's Tongue

Narcissus

Needlepoint Ivy

Nephytis

Nightshade

Oleander

Onion

Oriental Lily (especially cats)

Peace Lily

Peach (wilting leaves & pits)

Pencil Cactus

Plumosa Fern

Poinsettia (low toxicity)

Poison Ivy

Poison Oak

Pothos

Precatory Bean

Red Emerald

Red Princess

Red-Margined Dracaena

Rhododendron

Ribbon Plant

Saddle Leaf Philodendron

Sago Palm

Satin Pothos

Schefflera

Silver Pothos

Spotted Dumb Cane

String of Pearls

Striped Dracaena

Sweetheart Ivy

Swiss Cheese Plant

Taro Vine

Tiger Lily (especially cats!!!)

Tomato Plant (green fruit, stem & leaves)

Tree Philodendron

Tropic Snow Dieffenbachia

Weeping Fig Yew

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