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Pet Dangers

Toxic plants for pets.

In the average garden or yard, there are dozens of toxic plants that can pose dangers to pets. Understanding what plants are harmful and the symptoms of toxicity can help save your pet’s life if he or she ingests or encounters a poisonous plant.

“It’s important to monitor your dog when he or she is outside – toxic plants are big reason why, along with dangers associated with other animals, cars, or theft. If your pet eats a toxic plant and then falls ill, you won’t have a clue why he’s sick if you were indoors tending to something else. And by the time you figure out what’s going on, it may be too late. Properly monitoring your pet will enable you to quickly swing into action if he gets into trouble by eating a toxic substance,” explained Dr. Michael Levine, DVM.

What are the Symptoms if a Dog, Cat or Other Pet Eats a Poisonous Plant? Some of the most common signs of toxicity include vomiting, diarrhea, panting and drooling, lethargy, weakness, disorientation, seizure, a loss of coordination, a rash, swelling (commonly in the face and paws), and difficulty breathing. Also remember that a pet can be intolerant of any plant, meaning that even if a plant is not considered toxic, an individual can still have a bad reaction if he has an allergy to that particular plant.

What Plants are Toxic Dogs, Cats and Other Pets? The following list includes some of the most common toxic plants:

Air plant Aloe vera Alocasia Amanita Amaryllis American yew Andromeda Apple (seeds) Arum lily Autumn crocus Australian flame tree Apricot (pits) Asparagus fern Avocado Azalea

Baby’s breath Balsam pear Baneberry Bayonet Beech Belladonna Bird of paradise Bishop's weed Black laurel Black locust Bloodroot Bluebonnet Blue-green algae Boxwood Bracken fern Broad beans Broomcorn grass Buckeye Buckthorn Buddhist pine Bulb flowers Burdock Burning bush Buttercup

Cacao Cactus Caladium Calla lily Camel bush Candelabra tree Cardinal Castor Bean Ceriman Chalice vine Cherry Chinaberry tree Chinese evergreen Christmas candle Christmas rose Chrysanthemum Cineria Clematis Cocklebur Coffee Coffee bean Coral plant Cordatum Coriaria Coriander Corncockle Corn plant Cornstalk plant Corydalis Cotton bush Cowslip Coyotillo Crocus Croton Crown of thorns Cutleaf Cycads Cyclamen

Daffodil Daphne Datura Deadly amanita Deadly nightshade Death camus Decentrea Deiffenbachia Delphinium Devil's ivy Dieffenbachia Drachaena palm Dragon tree Dumb cane Dutchman's breeches

Easter lily Eggplant Elaine Elderberry Elephant's ear Emerald feather English ivy English yew Ergot Eucalyptus Euonymus Evergreen

Ferns False hellebore False henbane Fiddle-leaf fig Flame tree Flax Florida beauty Felt plant Firethorn Four o'clock Foxglove Fruit salad plant

Geranium German ivy Giant dumb cane Glacier Ivy Ghostweed Glottidium Golden chain Golden glow Golden pothos Gopher purge Ground cherry

Heartland philodendron Heliotrope Hellebore Hemlock Henbane Holly Honeysuckle Horse bean Horse brush Horse chestnut Horsetail Hurricane plant Hyacinth Hydrangea

Indian licorice Indian rubber plant Indian tobacco Indian turnip Inkberry Iris Ivy

Jack in the pulpit Janet Craig dracaena Japanese show lily Jasmine Java beans Jerusalem cherry Jessamine Jerusalem cherry Jimsonweed Jonquil Jungle trumpets Juniper

Kalanchoe Kentucky coffee tree

Lacy tree philodendron Lantana Larkspur Laurel Leucotho Lily Lily spider Lily-of-the-valley Lima bean Lobelia Locoweed Lords and ladies Lupine

Madagascar dragon tree Malanga Mandrake Marble tree Marigold Marijuana Maternity plant Mayapple Meadow saffron Mescal bean Mexican breadfruit Mexican poppy Milk vetch Milkweed Mistletoe Mock orange Monkshood Moonseed Morning glory Mother-in-law’s tongue Mountain laurel Mushrooms

Narcissus Navy bean Needlepoint ivy Nephytis Nettles Nightshade

Oak Oleander Onion Oriental lily

Panda plant Parsley Peacy lily Peach (pit) Peires Pencil tree Peony Periwinkle Philodendron Pimpernel Pigweed Pikeweed Plumosa fern Poinciana Poinsettia Poison hemlock Poison ivy Poison oak Pokeweed Poppy Potato Pothos Precatory Primrose Privet Pyracantha

Rain tree Ranunculus Rape Rattlebox Rattlebush Red emerald Red maple Red princess Rhododendron Rhubarb Ribbon plant Rosary peas Rubber plant

Saddle leaf philodendron Sago palm Sandbox tree Satin pothos Scarlet runner Schefflera Scotch broom Silver pothos Skunk cabbage Snowdrop Snow on the mountain Sorghum grass Sorrel Spindle tree Spurges Staggerweed Star of Bethlehem String of pearls Striped dracaena Sudan grass Sweetheart ivy Sweet pea Swiss cheese plant

Tansy mustard Tansy ragwort Tiger lily Tobacco Tomato plant (green fruit, stem, leaves) Thornapple Tree philodendron Tropic snow dieffenbachia Tulip Tung tree

Vetch Virginia bower Virginia creeper

Water hemlock Weeping fig Wattle White cedar Wild call Wisteria

Yam bean Yews (all types) Yellow jasmine

Owners should be prepared to deal with a poisoning incident at any time. This means keeping a stocked first aid kit on hand, and understanding the signs of illness in your pet.

In addition to learning what plants pose a risk to pets, owners should keep a list of important phone numbers, including a number and address for a local 24-hour veterinary clinic and an animal poison control center. The ASPCA Poison Control Center is open 24-hours a day and can be contacted by calling 888-426-4435.