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Dangerous Substances for Dogs, Cats and Pets - Plants

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Article: Plants and Substances that are known to be Toxic and Dangerous for Pets

By:Thom Williams,Animal Healings,Animal Communication & Animal Reiki Master

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Our pets wander through the woods, the backyard, even the indoor garden like it's their jungle habitat and we assume that they know what plants are safe and what plants are dangerous. Often, most of us just assume there really can't be that many plants that would really hurt them since they "roam freely among" them.  Even if the pet is an indoor only pet, we just assume their natural instinct is to know what plants are safe around the home and the others that are dangerous.

Statistics provided by the pet insurance companies every year prove otherwise. Since many pets are "grazers" on grass for a healthy digestive system, they will tend to eat any green plant within reach when they get desperate. Dog, cats, birds, even reptiles like the sensation and taste of greens. Whether they have an extensive knowledge of what is safe for them, or not, simply doesn't seem to matter at times. Curiosity can over-take them, or perhaps desperation. Others are driven by OCD pet behavior problems and simply have to taste everything in sight.

With this knowledge it shows just how important it is for the pet parent and human family members to be even more aware of what is dangerous to their cherished pet family members. What can start out as a wonderful celebration with a flower delivery, can be a deadly tragic ending for a pet family member if only those flowers were kept out of reach.


If you have a pet that is always curious about tasting items off the ground, or eat things it shouldn't , Animal Healings professional animal communication can be a great option for you and your pet family. We have conducted session with pet families and helped many different species of pets understand the dangers of their actions and pet behavior problems. Please see our pet behavior testimonials to better understand how we have helped many pet families!

Please feel free to Tweet, Facebook and share this list with all your pet loving social media friends & family, and keep a printed copy on hand just in case you need to know the information fast. Just like poison control for your children, you can call pet poison control for you.

For poison-related emergencies, call your regular Vet, 24 hour Emergency Vet or the Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.

Jump here for our the list of harmful foods to pets


Harmful Plants for Pets:

These plants are one of the most popular holiday plant and can be identified by their large red, white, pink and mottled leaves. Poinsettias also contain a thick, milky irritant sap. In general, it would take ingestion of a large amount of the plant to see possible clinical signs in your pet which include vomiting, anorexia and depression. The symptoms are generally self-limiting and treatment is rarely needed. Your Vet may recommend limiting food and water intake for 1 or 2 hours if your pet is suspected of becoming sick after ingestion of poinsettias.

Tulip, hyacinth and daffodil bulbs can damage a dog’s mouth and esophagus, leading to drooling, vomiting, severe diarrhea and even abnormal heart patterns. Asiatic and Japanese lilies can cause severe kidney failure in cats, which one or two leaves can kill them. Be sure to keep bulbs out of reach before planting them and be sure to surround them with plenty of mulch; always supervise your dog when they are outside as a precaution.

The following list of spring and summertime plants also pose dangers to pets.


Tulip (Tulip spp)- Ingestion can result in intense
  vomiting, depression, diarrhea, hyper salivation, drooling   and lack of appetite.





Hyacinth (Hyacinthus oreintalis)- Ingestion can result
  in intense vomiting, diarrhea, depression and tremors.





Daffodil (Narcissus spp)- Ingestion can result in severe   gastrointestinal illness, convulsions, seizures, low blood   pressure and tremors.





Peace lily (Spathiphyllum spp)- Ingestion can result in ulcers in the mouth, vomiting and diarrhea.





Easter cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesi)- Ingestion can   result in vomiting, diarrhea and depression. Cats can also   develop staggering.





Easter daisy (Townsendia sericea)- This plant is  considered non toxic.





Easter orchid (Cattleya mossiae)- This plant is considered non toxic.





Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia splendens prostrata)-   Ingestion results in vomiting and diarrhea.


Plants considered highly toxic, and can lead to fatal results in pets:

Azalea (Rhododendron spp)- Vomiting, diarrhea,  
 hypersalivation, weakness, coma, hypotension, CNS   depression, cardiovascular collapse and death.



Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)- Excessive salivation,   abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, gastro-intestinal   disorders, lack of appetite, tremors, convulsions, seizures



Rhododendron (Rhododendron spp)- Vomiting, diarrhea,   hyper salivation, weakness, coma, hypotension, CNS   depression, cardiovascular collapse and death.



Tiger Lily (Lilium tigrinum)- Vomiting, inappetence,   lethargy, kidney failure. Cats are only species known to be   affected.



Easter Lily (Lilium longiflorum)- Vomiting, inappetence,   lethargy, and kidney failure. Cats are only species known   to be affected.



American Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)- Weakness,   convulsions, gastroenteritis (vomiting, diarrhea.)



Clematis (Clematis sp.)- Vomiting, diarrhea, oral ulcers,   ataxia irritant or vesicant action.



Daffodil (Narcissus spp)- Severe gastrointestinal   disorders, convulsions, shivering, hypotension, dermatitis,   muscular tremors, and cardiac arrhythmias.



Day lily (Hemorocallis dumortirei)- Vomiting,   inappetence, lethargy, kidney failure. Cats are only   species known to be affected.



Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)- Cardiac arrhythmias,   vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, cardiac failure, death.



Lily of the Valley (Convalaria majalis)- Ataxia, vomiting,   cardiac arrhythmias, death.



Narcissus (Narcissus spp) Severe gastrointestinal   disorders, convulsions, shivering, hypotension, dermatitis,   muscular tremors, and cardiac arrhythmias.



Morning Glory (Ipomoea spp)- Seeds may cause   hallucination, may cause diarrhea

Pest Control:


Spring brings ants in and around your home. Ant baits use peanut butter and end up luring dogs to nibble on them as well. Some peanut butters now use artifical sweetners as an added danger. The chemicals are not nearly as dangerous as the risk of gastrointestinal upset from swallowing the plastic.

The misuse of flea and tick products is another major risk. Flea and tick medications only made for dogs can never be used on a cat because of different metabolisms unless otherwise stated. Citrus products for flea and tick control (advertised as natural remedies) are becoming very popular, but in the wrong strengths can be very toxic to all pets, use with caution. Nervous system disorders, foaming of the mouth and more severe reactions can be seen when wrong strengths and ingestion occurs.



For poison-related emergencies, call your 24 hour Emergency Vet or the Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.


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