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Poisonous Plants

Although plants add beauty to your home and garden, many are poisonous to pets. Pets will chew on grass and plants in part due to their curious nature. The following is a list of plants that are poisonous and should NOT be anywhere in your home or yard in which your pet has access to.

  • A Alfalfa, almond pits, alocasia, amaryllis, apple seeds, arrow grass, avocado, azalea
  • B Baneberry, bayonet, bear grass, beech, belladonna, bird of paradise, bittersweet, black-eyed Susan, black locust, bleeding heart, bloodroot, bluebonnet, box, boxwood, buckeyes, burning bush, buttercup
  • C Cactus/candelabra, caladium, castor bean, cherry pits, wild cherries, ground cherry, cherry laurel, chinaberry, christmas rose, chrysanthemum, clematis, coriaria, cornflower, corydalis, autumn crocus, crown of thorns, cyclamen
  • D Daffodil or jonquil, daphne, datura, deadly nightshade, death carmas, delphinium, dicentrea, dieffenbachia, dumb cane
  • E Easter lily, eggplant, elderberry, elephant ear, English ivy, euonymus, evergreen
  • F Ferns, flax, four o’clock, foxglove
  • G Golden chain, golden glow, gopher purge
  • H Hellebore, poison hemlock, water hemlock, henbane, holly, honeysuckle, horse beans, horse brush, horse chestnuts, hyacinth, hydrangea
  • I Indian tobacco, iris, iris ivy
  • J Jack in the pulpit, java beans, jessamine, jurusalem cherry, jimson weed, jungle trumpets
  • L Lantana, larkspur, laurel, lily, spider lily, lily of the valley, locoweed, lupine
  • M Marigold, marijuana, mescal bean, mistletoe, mock orange, monkshood, moonseed, morning glory, mountain laurel, mushrooms
  • N Nightshade
  • O Oleander
  • P Peach pits, peony, periwinkle, philodendron, pimpernel, Poinciana, poison ivy, poison oak, pokeweed, poppy, potato, precatory bean, common privet
  • R Rhododendron, rhubarb, rosary pea, rubber plant
  • S Scotch broom, skunk cabbage, snowdrops, snow on the mountain, stagger weed, star of Bethlehem, sweet pea
  • T Tansy mustard, tobacco, tomato, tulip, tung tree Virginia creeper water hemlock, weeping fig, wild call, wisteria yews (Japanese yew, English yew, western yew, American yew)

FERTILIZERS ARE POISONOUS
Insecticides, fertilizers and slug replants can KILL pets. Find more natural, organic alternatives. Never put snail bait in a yard that pets visit. If you are using fertilizer, adequately water the area where it is applied to ensure the chemical sinks into the soil instead of remaining solely on the surface. Try keeping your pets out of the area of the yard that has recently been treated with an insecticide or fertilizer, at least until the area dries.

SIGNS YOUR PET MAY BE POISONED
Salivation, in accordance with any of the following : muscle tremors, seizures, vomiting or diarrhea. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms (s)he may have eaten a poisonous plant or ingested a harmful chemical. Take him or her to the vet immediately. Do not wait. If you know the plant or chemical they ingested, take it with you.

WHAT TO DO IF POISONED
Call Animal Poison Hotline at (888) 232-8870. Please be advised that there is a per incident fee

Providing “cat grass” (barley grass) is a good idea. It is sold at Ralph’s grocery stores as well as many pet supply stores. “Cat grass” is safe, healthy and enjoyed by cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and rats alike.

by Dr. Karen Halligan