Owning a pet is a hard job and sometimes even the things we don't think are
a hazard can be deadly to our pets. If you own any of the following plants, make sure they are kept in a
place that is well out of kitty range or better yet, get rid of them entirely.
If you suspect your pet has eaten one of the plants listed below, take them to the vet
The beautiful flowers hail from the Rhododendron family and can have serious consequences if ingested by a cat.
Eating just a few leaves can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and drooling, it can also cause abdominal pain and
stomach cramping. Pets that eat these plants need immediate medical attention or they can fall into a coma and
Daffodils contain Lycorine which can trigger vomiting. Eating the plant parts, flower, or bulb can cause
vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain and possible heart and lung problems.
These flowers contain lactones which are very concentrated in the bulbs. When the plants and bulbs are
ingested, they can cause irritation in the mouth and esophagus with drooling, vomiting and diarrhea. If much of
the bulb is ingested there may be changes in heart rate and breathing.
Both the spring and autumn varieties of this plant can be harmful to your pets, but it the autumn variety that
is the most deadly. The Autumn Crocus contains Colchicine making it highly toxic. It can cause severe vomiting,
gastrointestinal bleeding, liver and kidney damage and failure, and respiratory failure. If you are unsure of
the difference between the spring and autumn varieties, don't guess just get to the vet!
Also known as Digitalis, is very easily fatal for cats upon ingestion. The entire plant is poisonous and if you
cut some and bring them inside, whatever water you have placed them in will be toxic as well. Symptoms include
vomiting and excessive drooling, slow pulse immediately following ingestion followed by a rapid heart beat.
Ingestion causes cardiac arrhythmia which can lead to hypotension, collapse, shock and ultimately death.
Lilly of the Valley
With symptoms very similar to those seen in Foxglove poisoning, the Lilly of the Valley can also cause
seizures. Pets that have been seen to eat these should be taken to the vet immediately.
Very popular in the southern portions of the United States and other tropical climates, just a few seeds from
this plant can cause kidney and liver failure, seizures and in some cases death. The same is true for the plant
parts and leaves.
Lilly's including Tiger, Easter, Japanese, and Day
Lilly's can be considered the number one most poisonous plant to cats. Ingestion of this plant can lead to
kidney failure. All parts of the plant are toxic. Cats that ingest them will be lethargic, appear to lack
appetite or be especially thirsty. If left untreated, it can cause kidney failure within 72 hours after
Oleaders are just as toxic to pets as they are to humans. Ingestion will cause severe vomiting and can bring
the heart to a complete stop causing death.
This plant causes disruption in the nerve impulses in small doses and in large doses completely stops the
nerves from communicating with the body. It also causes vomiting and excessive drooling. Some animals may
appear to go blind.
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