Friday, March 30, 2012

11 most common poisonous plants to dogs and cats

These beautiful plants are hazardous to our pets

Springs brings us many beautiful plants and flowers– but remember that some are very dangerous to our little furry friends

Easter Lily is beautiful but poisonous to pets
1. Lilies.  Most lilies, not just Easter lilies, are toxic to cats.  Any species of the Lilium  family should not be used  if cats are present.
2. Sago palms.  All parts of this palm are poisonous, but the seeds are the most toxic.  Ingestion of Cycas revoluta causes liver failure.
3.    Oleander.  All parts of Nerium oleander are toxic.  Ingestion causes heart arrythmias, hypothermia, and even death.
4.    Tulip and Narcissus bulbs.  Ingestion can cause gastrointestinal symptoms, drooling, depression, loss of appetite, seizures, and heart abnormalities.
5.    Amaryllis.  This is a common spring flower that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, and poor appetite if ingested.
6.    Azaleas and Rhododendron.    Ingestion can cause vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, depression, coma, and death.
7.    Castor Bean.  The highly toxic ricin, potentially used in bioterrorism, comes from the castor bean.   Ingestion causes vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, tremors, seizures, coma , and death.
8.    Cyclamen.   The highest concentration of the poison is in the root of the plant.  Symptoms are intense vomiting; death has been reported.
9. Pothos. This popular household plant can also cause oral irritation and gastrointestinal symptoms.
10. Yew.  Ingestion of Taxus species causes tremors, incoordination, vomiting, diarrhea, heart failure, and difficulty breathing.
11. English Ivy.   Hedera helix, if ingested, can cause drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea.


  1. Oooh! Goood list! Thank you so much! The tulips got my tomcat. Was wondering what else could be a threat! Thank you! Thank you!

  2. I learn the hard way...! I bougth an Easter lily and without thinking I left my plant in my dinner table. This morning I saw a few pieces of the Lily plant chew up. I inmediatly realized that my cat has been around chewing the plant leaf. I rushed to the emergency vet for an examination and until now my kitty still there to be threated for toxidity. I really hope everything goes well but right now I am anxious and guilty about the whole thing. One thing is for sure no more lily plants at home or any toxic plants that are to my cat reach!

    1. Thanks Lindee for your good wishes. My kitty is back at home. After spending 2 days at the Emergency Clinic. Everything went well and now is at home looking well. From now on I will try to pay more attention I won't bring more plants inside our home! I learn my lesson well...


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