3 Plants Your Dog And Cat Should Avoid

Posted by Gresham Animal Hospital on Saturday, June 1, 2019

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It’s springtime and the plants and trees in your neighborhood are blooming with new flowers. The beauty of the blossoms and the scent may attract your dogs and cats, but for a few of them beware.

We don’t want to be alarmists. For the most part, your furry friend knows what to avoid or quickly learns what to avoid after suffering some mild poisoning. But if you have a new puppy or kitten, you may want to keep an eye out for three common plants that you may not know are toxic.

DAFFODILS

These flowers contain lycorine, which triggers vomiting. If your pet eats the bulb, plant or flower it can also cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, and even possible cardiac arrhythmias or respiratory depression. Crystals found in the outer layer can also cause severe tissue irritation and secondary drooling.

RHODODENDRON

Beautiful and toxic. Not just for dogs, for humans too, so don’t eat them either. These can be mildly to severely poisonous for dogs, depending on the amount ingested, as well as the hybrid of the plant (which comes in various colors). They can suffer from burning on the lips and mouth, salivation, nausea, severe vomiting, coma, and it can be lethal. It doesn’t take much to get a dog sick; in fact, if an animal ingests as little as 0.2% of their body weight in any part of the plant, they can be serverely poisoned.

TULIPS and HYACINTHS

The poison in these plants are mostly concentrated in the bulb and the toxicity is mild to moderate. The biggest concern is when a dog digs up a freshly planted bulb. When ingested by a dog the symptom may include drooling, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate, and breathing.

OTHER TOXIC PLANTS

For a full list of toxic plants, you can check out the three links below:

Toxic Plants in the Pacific Northwest

Oregon Veterinary Medical Association List of Poisonous Plants

Common Backyard Plants that May be Poisonous

WHAT IF MY DOG or CAT is POISONED?

Call your veterinary hospital right away. Gresham Animal Hospital is equipped to provide all the services and treatments your pet needs under one roof. Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog or cat needs a checkup, shots, or vaccines. Give us a call at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment today.

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