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Poisonous Plants for Dogs and Cats

  
 
 

Plants Can Be Harmful to Your Pet

Chewing grass and green vegetation is normal for pets, but chewing the wrong vegetation can be fatal. About 25% of pets poisoned by non-drug products get sick from poisonous house plants and outdoor plants. Give your pets grasses, sprouts, green vegetables or treats so they leave poisonous plants alone. Always discourage your pet if you see him or her sniffing or getting too close to your house plants or outdoor plants.

Contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center (telephone 1-888-426-4435) immediately if your pet has swallowed or eaten a poisonous plant.

 
  
Do not allow your curious pet to sniff, chew, or swallow your house plants or outdoor plants.
  
Key Facts of Poisonous Plants for Dogs and Cats
  • Most pets get poisoned at home.
  • You should poison proof your home for your pet just as you would for your child.
  • Keep plants out of your pet's reach, as you would for a child.
  

 

Symptoms Caused by Poisonous House Plants (Indoors)

Mouth and Skin Rash Swollen, Irritated Mouth, Lips, Tongue Vomiting, Tremors, Heart, Lung, or Kidney Problems
Chrysanthemum leaves
Creeping Fig, Weeping Fig sap
Crown of Thorns
Cypress Spurge
Poinsettia leaves
Snow-on-the-Mountain leaves
Arrowhead vine
Boston Ivy berries
Caladium
Calla Lilly
Dieffenbachia leaves and berries
Elephant ears
Nephthytis Ivy
Peace Lily
Pothos, Marble Queen
Red Princess
Split Leaf Philodendron
Starleaf
Tuberous Begonia, Wax Begonia
Turfroot

Amaryllis
Asparagus fern
Azalea
Caladium
Chinese lantern
Christmas Cherry
Creeping Charlie
Crown of Thorns
Cypress Spurge
Dieffenbachia
Easter Lily
Epipremnum
Eucalyptus
Euphorbia
Ficus
Ground Ivy
Hedera
Ivy (heart, glacier, needlepoint)
Jerusalem cherry leaves and berries
Lily of the Valley
Mum
Oleander
Ornamental Pepper
Narcissus
Philodendron
Phytolacca
Poinsettia leaves
Rhododendron
Snow-on-the-Mountain leaves
Spathiphyllum
Spider Mum
Umbrella plant
  

 
 

Symptoms Caused by Poisonous Plants (Outdoor)

Vomiting and Diarrhea Hallucinations Convulsions Varied Effects
Almond leaves, twigs, bark, pits, seeds
Apple seeds in quantity
Apricot leaves, twigs, bark, pits, seeds
Balsam Apple seeds
Balsam Pear seeds
Bird of Paradise Bush fruit and seeds
Bitter Cucumber seeds
Bitter melon seeds
Bittersweet bark, leaves, seeds
Black Locust leaves, seeds, bark
Buckeye seeds and nuts
Buckthorn leaves and fruit
Canada Yew
Cardinal flower
Castor Bean seeds lethal
Cherry leaves, twigs, bark, pits, seeds
Chokecherry leaves, twigs, bark, pits, seeds
Daffodil seeds
Delphinium
English Holly leaves and berries
English Yew
European Bittersweet bark, leaves, seeds
Foxglove leaves and seeds
Ground Cherry unripe fruit
Honeysuckle berries
Horse Chestnut seeds and nuts
Indian Tobacco
Indian Turnip bulbs, stems, leaves
Iris
Jack in the Pulpit bulbs, stems, leaves
Japanese Plum leaves, twigs, bark, pits, seeds
Juniper
Larkspur
Mock Orange
Monkey pod
Oak leaves and acorns
Peach leaves, twigs, bark, pits, seeds
Pokeberry roots
Pokeweed roots
Privet
Rocky Mountain Elderberry berries
Skunk Cabbage
Snowberry fruit
Soapberry leaves and fruit
Wisteria seeds
Yew

Locoweed
Marijuana
Morning Glory seeds
Nutmeg
Periwinkle
Peyote

Chinaberry berries
Coriaria leaves and berries
Moonweed
Nux vomica
Aconite
Angel’s Trumpet
Bleeding heart
Bracken Fern
Buttercup
Cocklebur seedlings
Corn Lily
Datura
Dutchman’s Breeches leaves and roots
False Hellebore
Flax seed pods
Halogeton leaves
Horsetail
Jasmine berries
Jimsonweed
Locoweed
Lupine seed pods
Matrimony vine leaves and shoots
May apple roots, seeds, leaves
Mescal Bean
Milkweed
Mistletoe berries
Monkshood
Moonseed fruit and roots
Nightshade leaves and raw fruit
Pigweed leaves, stems, roots
Poison Hemlock
Potato unripe sprouts
Rhubarb leaves
Scorpionweed hairs
Spinach
Squirrel Corn
Texas Mt. Laurel
Thornapple
Tomato vine green stems and leaves
Water Hemlock stems and roots
White Marsh Marigold
Wild mushrooms
Wolfsbane

  

  
 
Vet Tip: For more information on protecting your pet from harmful items and/or substances, visit our Poisoned Pets section. - Michael Dym, VMD  
  

 
 
   
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