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Poisonous to pets

Paws-itively

Poisonous

to Pets

Common Poisonous Plants

and Household Poisons

 

Part of owning a pet is being a responsible pet parent. Sometimes, pets do not know what is best for them -- especially when it comes to eating! Remember, just because your pet will eat something does not mean it is good for them. In fact, it could really hurt them.

 

If you see your pet eating any of the plants, foods or common household poisons listed below, call your vet immediately! These substances could hurt or possibly kill your pet.

You can also call the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Animal Poison Control Center: 1.888.426.4435.

It is the only 24-hour, 365-day facility of its kind, giving emergency life saving advice to pet parents and veterinarians from throughout North America and all over the world. A $60 consultation fee may be charged.

Ten Most Common Pet Poisons of 2012

 

NOTE: The following list, although extensive, is not meant to be all-inclusive. Please consult with your veterinarian if you have any questions.

PLANT

TOXIC PARTS

PLANT TYPE

Aconite

roots, foliage, seeds

garden flower

Apple

seeds

cultivated tree

Arrow grasses

leaves

marsh plants

Atropa belladonna

entire plant esp. seeds, roots

garden herb

Autumn Crocus

entire plant

garden flower

Azaleas

entire plant

cultivated & wild shrub

Baneberry

berries, roots

wildflower

Bird-of-Paradise

pods

garden flower

Black locust

entire plant esp. bark, shoots

tree

Bloodroot

entire plant esp. stem, roots

wildflower, herb

Box

entire plant esp. leaves

ornamental shrub

Buckeye

sprouts, nuts, seeds

tree

Buttercup

entire plant esp. leaves

wildflower, garden herb

Caladium

entire plant

house plant

Carolina Jessamine

flowers, leaves

ornamental plant

Castor bean

entire plant esp. beans

house plant

Chinaberry tree

berries

tree

Chock cherries

leaves, cherries, pit

wild shrub

Christmas berry

leaves

shrub

Christmas Rose

rootstock, leaves

garden flower

Common privet

leaves, berries

ornamental shrub

Corn cockle

seeds

wildflower, weed

Cowbane

entire plant esp. roots

wildflower, herb

Cow cockle

seeds

wildflower, weed

Cowslip

entire plant esp. leaves, stem

wildflower, herb

Daffodil

bulbs

garden flower

Daphne

bark, berries, leaves

ornamental shrub

Day lily

entire plant is toxic to cats

garden & wildflower

Death Camas

leaves, stems, seeds, flowers

field herb

Delphinium (Larkspur)

entire plant esp. sprouts

wildflower

Dumb cane

entire plant

house plant

Dutchman's breeches

roots, foliage

wild & garden flower

Easter lily

entire plant is toxic to cats

flowering house plant

Elderberry

leaves, bark, roots, buds

tree

Elephant's ear

entire plant

house plant

English Ivy

entire plant esp. leaves, berries

ornamental vine

European Bittersweet

entire plant esp. berries

vine

False flax

seeds

wild herb

False hellebore

roots, leaves, seeds

ornamental flower

Fan weed

seeds

wildflower, herb

Field peppergrass

seeds

wildflower, herb

Flax

seedpods

wildflower, herb

Foxglove

leaves

wild & garden flower

Holly

berries

shrub

Horse chestnut

nuts, sprouts

tree

Horse nettle

entire plant esp. berries

wildflower, herb

Hyacinth

bulbs

wild & house plant

Iris

leaves, roots

wild & garden flower

Jack-in-the-pulpit

entire plant esp. roots, leaves

wildflower

Jatropha

seeds

tree, shrub

Jerusalem Cherry

unripe fruit, foliage

ornamental plant

Jimsonweed

entire plant esp. seeds

field plant

Laburum

seeds, pods, flowers

ornamental plant

Lantana

foliage

house plant

Larkspur

young plants

wildflower

Laurels

leaves

shrub

Lily of the valley

leaves, flowers

garden & wildflower

Lupines

seeds, pods

shrub

Manchineel tree

sap, fruit

tree

Matrimony vine

leaves, shoots

ornamental vine

May apple

unripe fruit, roots, foliage

wildflower

Milk vetch

entire plant

wildflower

Mistletoe

berries

house plant

Monkshood

entire plant esp. roots, seeds

wildflower

Moonseed

fruit, roots

vine

Morning glory

seeds, roots

wildflower

Mountain mahogany

leaves

shrub

Mustards

seeds

wildflower

Narcissus

bulbs

garden flower

Nicotiana

leaves

garden flower

Nightshade

leaves, berries

wildflower, vine

Oaks

shoots, leaves

tree

Oleander

leaves

ornamental shrub

Philodendrons

entire plant

house plant

Pokeweed

roots, seeds, berries

field plant

Poinsettia

leaves, stem, flowers

house plant

Poison hemlock

leaves, stem, fruit

field plant

Potato

shoots, sprouts

garden plant

Rattle box

entire plant

wildflower

Rhododendron

leaves

ornamental shrub

Rhubarb

leaves

garden plant

Rosary pea

seeds

house plant

Sago palm

entire plant esp. seeds

ornamental plant

Skunk cabbage

entire plant esp. roots, leaves

marsh plant

Smartweeds

sap

wildflower

Snow-on-the-mountain

sap

field plant

Sorghum

leaves

grass

Star of Bethlehem

entire plant

wildflower

Tiger Lily and Stargazer Lily

entire plant is toxic to cats

flowering house plant

Velvet grass

leaves

grass

Wild black cherry

leaves, pits

tree

Wild radish

seeds

wildflower

Wisteria

pods, seeds

ornamental plant

Woody aster

entire plant

wildflower

Yellow jessamine

entire plant

ornamental vine

Yellow oleander

entire plant esp. leaves

garden plant

Yellow pine flax

entire plant esp. seedpods

wildflower

Yew

bark, leaves, seeds

ornamental tree

 

Foods and Other Houshold Items

That Are Potentially Poisonous to Pets

(Not meant to be an all-inclusive list)

Acetaminiophen

Alcoholic beverages

Apple seeds (contain cyanide)

Apricot pits

Avocados – toxic to birds, mice, rabbits, horses, cattle & dairy goats

Cherry pits

Candy (particularly chocolate, which contains Theobromine, and candy containing sweetener Xylitol)

Coffee (grounds, beans, chocolate covered espresso beans)

Detergents and fabric softener
Garlic

Grapes

Hops (used in home beer brewing)

Macadamia nuts

Moldy foods

Mothballs
Mulch that contains cocoa or cocoa bean shells

Mushroom plants

Mustard seeds

Onions & onion powder

Oven cleaner sprays

Peach pits

Potato leaves & stems (green parts)

Raisins

Rhubarb leaves

Salt

Tea (contains caffeine)

Tobacco products

Tomato leaves & stems (green parts)

Vitamins

Walnuts

Xylitol artificial sweetener (as little as one gram can kill a 20 lb. dog)

Yeast dough

Don’t forget anti-freeze during the winter!!!

 

Resources: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, the Toronto Humane Society, the Humane Society of the United States, and St. John's Poison Resource Center

 

This page last updated 3-15-13

 

 

 

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