Pet Wellness Care: Watch Out for Poisonous Plants

Pet Wellness Care: Watch Out for Poisonous Plants

Many ordinary items can fatally poison a pet — including plants. Here are some issues to watch out for courtesy of our Lakewood veterinarian.

Many of the flowering plants so common to garden plots contain toxins that belie their inviting fragrance. Calla lilies, Easter lilies and day lilies are among the most deadly of these flowers, causing kidney and heart failure. Other flowering plants are known to be especially toxic to the heart; these include hydrangeas, azaleas, autumn crocuses, hyacinths and oleanders. If you really must be around these flowers, go visit them (without your pet) at a public horticultural facility — do not plant them, or allow them to remain planted, in your own garden!

If you own a farm or vegetable garden, you should also be aware that many of the vegetables consumed as food by humans are toxic to animals. Make sure your pet cannot gain access to rhubarb, tomato plants, grape vines, onion or garlic bulbs, castor beans or acorns, any of which can cause a serious toxic reaction requiring pet emergency care.

Even innocent-looking houseplants can poison pets. For instance, the sago palm may make a lovely enhancement to your decor, but it contains a lethal substance called cycasin which can induce liver failure in the unlucky animal who happens to nibble at it. Pet owners should avoid adding to this plant from the household or outdoor landscaping, and remove any specimens that are already there to prevent any chance of ingestion.

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If your pet exhibits any signs of poisoning, whether from a local plant or any other kind of toxin, Wadsworth Animal Hospital will do everything possible to provide prompt emergency care. But since prevention is always the preferable course, feel free to ask us for any advice on pet-proofing your home or other important aspects of pet wellness care.

Are you aware of any other plants that are potentially poisonous?

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