Plants That Are Poisonous To Our Pets

jennyreeve By jennyreeve, 11th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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There are a lot of beautiful plants that we have in our pretty gardens. Some may be harmful, so a keen eye is need.

Poisonous Plants

Plants That Are Poisonous to Our Pets

Spring is now upon us and we begin to venture out into the garden to potter and start our planting regime. We see that the tulips are about to burst and the crocuses are in bloom. What a wonderful time of year. But we must not forget that there are some plants that are toxic to our pets and can cause harm to them if we do not take care.

Lilies - Plants of the lily variety are very poisonous to cats. Even small amounts of the lily may cause serious kidney damage.
Tulips - The toxic part of this plant is the bulb, which can cause drooling, depression of the central nervous system, gastrointestinal irritation, heart problems and convulsions (fitting).
Azalea - The poisons in azalea plants can be extremely severe and may cause drooling, diarrhea, vomiting, weakened central nervous system and depression, in some cases the possibility of coma or death. 

Oleander - All portions of this plant are toxic and may cause gastrointestinal irritation, hypothermia, cardiac problems and possibly death.

Cyclamen - The most poisonous part of the Cyclamen is to be found in the root. Ingestion of the plant may cause severe vomiting and gastrointestinal irritation. In some cases death has been known.

Buttercup - This wildflower and garden herb is poisonous in its entirety but mainly in the leaves.

Cowslip - Is a wildflower found mainly in the country lanes, but it does sometimes pop up in our gardens. The entire plant is poisonous, especially the leaves and stem.
Daffodil – The bulbs of our favored Daffodil are poisonous.

Laburum - Is an ornamental plant whose seeds, pods and flowers can be poisonous.

Lupines - Is a shrub whose seeds and pods are toxic to our pets.

Wisteria - Is an ornamental plant that contains poisonous seeds and pods.

If you are worried that your pet may have ingested any toxic plant, then please call your Veterinary Practice as soon as possible for advice. It would be ideal if you know what plant has been ingested when you call them.


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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Apr 2012 (#)

Lots of good information in your article, jennyreeve. We have a large wisteria but our dog and cats seem to instinctively know to stay away from it.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
11th Apr 2012 (#)

I have a lot of azaleas along with three cats, 2 rabbits and 1 dog. I have had them for years, same pets and the azaleas, but Steve must be right because none of them have become ill. Thanks for the information, Jenny. I know not to buy any of the others.

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author avatar Hickory Cottage
11th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks for the info!

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author avatar jennyreeve
12th Apr 2012 (#)

I too have many of the above plants. Pets seem to stay away too. I do watch my cat when she is eating grass, to make sure that it is nowhere near the suspect plants. Alway good to be aware.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
12th Apr 2012 (#)

Very helpful information..thanks jennyreeve...

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author avatar Buzz
12th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks, jenny, for the tips and info. Now I know what to plant in my garden to obliterate rats.

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author avatar Teila
13th Apr 2012 (#)

Good to know

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author avatar Shaunak
25th Apr 2012 (#)

Wonderful piece of work. Thanks for sharing. i also have azaleas but for some reasons i think my dog read your article before me for he stays away..

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author avatar jennyreeve
25th Apr 2012 (#)

Maybe you dog has common sense Shaunak :-)

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