Know Which Plants Are Poisonous to Your Cats and Dogs

Our area enjoys a lot of beautiful flowers and plants, but people with cats and dogs in their families need to know which of those plants are potential pet poisons! There are hundreds of potentially dangerous plants—more than we could list here—so our North Miami Beach veterinarian advises people to go around their homes and yards, know what plants they have, and find out if any of them could pose a toxic hazard. Our animal clinic is posting some of the most common (and surprising) hazards here.

North Miami Beach Veterinarian Urges Pets to Avoid Certain Plants

  • Oleander—This beautiful but deadly flowering plant can kill humans and cats and dogs. Ingestion can lead to a drop in body temperature, cardiac arrest and death. Even water that has touched oleander plants can be toxic. If you suspect your pet has had contact with oleander, see our North Miami Beach veterinarian immediately!
  • Lilies—Almost every lily is a pet poison: lily of the valley, calla lilies, peace lilies, amaryllis—all of them. Kidney failure, gastrointestinal distress and seizures can follow ingestion.
  • Sago Palm—Cats and dogs and people should avoid all parts of the plant, but the nuts are the most toxic. Diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, liver failure and seizures can result and immediate attention at our animal clinic is necessary.
  • Tulips, Daffodils, Narcissus—It seems most bulb plants (see lilies above) can cause severe symptoms if they are ingested. Gastrointestinal distress, nervous system disturbances and heart problems can are all symptoms of ingestion.
  • Castor Beans—These contain the deadly toxin ricin. Avoid having them in your yard. Only a tiny amount can cause extreme gastrointestinal distress, seizures, coma and ultimately death.
  • Tomato Plants—The leaves and stems of the plant (not the fruit) are the problem here. Keep pets away from them or they may suffer heart problems, stomach upset and lethargy.

There are so many more plants that are toxic to pets! What other common plants can you think of that should we keep our pets away from?

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