Having plants in your home and around the house makes for a beautiful picture. Bright, beautiful colors and smells of blooming flowers add to the decor and liveliness of your home. If you have pets, particularly dogs or cats, there are some plants you need to be aware of and keep out of reach from your pet. By doing so, you will not only save visits to the vet, but in some cases save your pet’s life.
For those of you who have dogs or cats who tend to chew on your floor plants as they walk by, here are some common toxic plants and their symptoms you should know:
Poinsettia: can cause irritation to your dog or cats mouth and can induce vomiting.
A variety or Lilies: Peace Lily, Giant Dracaena or Palm Lily, Calla Lily, Lily of the Valley, Amaryllis, Clivia Lily can cause severe irritation and swelling of oral tissues and the GI tract. They can induce vomiting and diarrhea, salvation and low blood pressure. It is recommended that you keep these beautiful plants out of reach of any dog or cat.
Black Walnuts: If you have a walnut tree in your yard and the walnuts drop, the walnuts themselves are not poisonous at that time. They do become poisonous when they start to decompose and grow mold. If your dog ingests these, the walnuts can induce seizures. The simple remedy is to rake them up routinely or just stay away from them if you are in a park for a walk.
Azalea: These are highly toxic. They are mostly found outside in landscaping. If your pet ingests these, there are serious side effects such as loss of appetite, weakness, paralysis and in some cases, coma or death.
Daffodils: The most toxic part of this plant is the bulb. However, if these are at all ingested expect vomiting, diarrhea and possible heart problems.
Ivy: This plant is also poisonous. Ingesting this plant gives vomiting and diarrhea, stomach pains and salvation.
Click here for a complete list of other toxic plants. It includes pictures.
If your pet has any of the named symptoms or you know your dog or cat ingested a toxic plant, call us right away for immediate treatment.