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Poisonous Plants to Dogs and Cats

Summer is fast approaching and pets are spending more time outdoors, enjoying the warmth of nature. Unfortunately for too many curious pets, this often includes exploring the tastes of unfamiliar plants, some of which are toxic or poisonous. At Fullerton Animal Hospital we treat cats and dogs every week that have eaten poisonous plants, both indoors and outside. Take a look at your home environment to make sure these plants aren't within your pet's reach.

Cat Poison

Poisonous Plants to Dogs

It's generally easier to deal with poisonous plants to dogs because most dogs live on ground level. Take a look at your grounds to make sure your dog is safe from these dangerous plants:

  • American holly
  • Amaryllis
  • Aloe
  • Chives 
  • Hosta
  • Mint

If you've got a garden, the safest thing to do is to fence it off from your four-legged friend. Even the best-behaved dog will get into mischief occasionally. It's best to make sure that mischief doesn't turn deadly.

Poisonous Plants to Cats

Eliminating poisonous plants to cats from your environment can be more of a challenge. Cats will roam, climb high shelves and get into trees just for a bit of adventure. It's best to keep poisonous plants entirely away from your home instead of trusting that your cat won't get into something that's bad for it. Among the worst culprits are:

  • Apricot
  • Calla Lily
  • Catnip (overdoses are very possible)
  • Daylily
  • Rubber plant
  • Morning glory

A Veterinarian Gives Advice on Poisonous Plants

Removing potential poisons from your environment is the best thing you can do to keep your dog or cat safe, but no plan is perfect. Our veterinarian advises that cats will roam and dogs will escape from their home or yard, and there's no controlling what they eat when they're out in the neighborhood. Watch your pet carefully for symptoms, especially after it's been in a different environment.

If your pet is vomiting, has diarrhea, has excess drooling or is convulsing, don't wait to try and determine the cause of the problem. Our veterinarian team is trained to recognize the symptoms of multiple types of plant poisons. In many cases, the faster you get your pet into our office, the better chance it has for survival.

Schedule an Appointment with our Fullerton Veterinarian

If you suspect your dog or cat of eating something it shouldn't, your first call should be to our Baltimore office. Call us at (410) 665-6996. We'll get you in as soon as possible and let you know what to do until you reach our office.