Warmer weather is finally upon us! As you begin to spend more time outdoors with your furry family members, it’s important to identify common plants to keep your pets away from throughout the spring months. You may be surprised to learn that several flowers and shrubs in your backyard, and potted plants in your home, may be toxic for your pet.
Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats:
Lilies – According to the ASPCA, "Tiger, Day, Asiatic, Easter and Japanese Show lilies are all highly toxic to cats! Even small ingestions (such as 2-3 petals or leaves) can result in severe kidney failure. If your cat is seen consuming any part of a lily, bring your cat (and the plant) immediately to a veterinarian for medical care."
Daffodils – Bulbs for flowers such as daffodils are not safe for your dog to ingest. Ingesting these bulbs may cause severe diarrhea, vomiting, and more.
Spring Crocus – If your cat consumes a crocus plant, especially an autumn crocus, seek vet attention as soon as possible. Possible side effects include gastrotestinal complications such as vomiting.
Rhododendrons – If your pet has by accidentally eaten the leaves of a rhododendrons plant, side effects might include excessive drooling, diarrhea, vomiting and more. Vet attention should be sought immediately.
Tulip Bulbs – According to Pet Poison Helpline, "Tulips contain allergenic lactones. The toxic principle of these plants is very concentrated in the bulbs (versus the leaf or flower), so make sure your dog isn’t digging up the bulbs in the garden. When the plant parts or bulbs are chewed or ingested, it can result in tissue irritation to the mouth and esophagus. Typical signs include profuse drooling, vomiting, or even diarrhea, depending on the amount consumed. There’s no specific antidote, but with supportive care from the veterinarian (including rinsing the mouth, anti-vomiting medication, and possibly subcutaneous fluids), animals do quite well."
Sago Palms – "Sago palms can be found as outdoor ornamental plants in warm climates or as houseplants in cooler climes. Ingestion of sago palm plants can cause liver failure and death in dogs and cats. All parts of the plant are toxic, with the seeds having the highest concentration of toxin. One seed can kill a dog." (vetstreet.com).
Foxglove – Foxglove contains cardia glycoside which when consumed, slows down and can even completely stop the heart of a pet.
Aloe Vera – Although aloe has some great benefits to humans, it is mildly dangerous when consumed by pets. Although it is rarely deadly, it can cause depression, anorexia and vomiting in both cats and dogs. When consumed, the plant compounds excessive mucus within the colon and intestines.
Bleeding Hearts – "Bleeding Heart plants are not only toxic to animals but humans as well. Although aesthetically pleasing, this plant contains soquinoline alkaloids. Alkaloids negatively affect animals, most commonly cattle, sheep, and dogs" (www.petpoisonhelpline.com).
Iris Bulbs – The iris is toxic to both cats and dogs when consumed. Signs of consumption include salvation, excessive drooling, lethargy and more.
It’s important to be aware of toxic plants and flowers both inside your home as well as in your backyard. If your animal has ingested any of the above, please contact our office immediately and set up an appointment with us. The sooner we can treat your pet, the better.