Keep away from Pets

Today will be Part 2 of the blog about plants and flowers that are poisonous to our pets.  Did you know there are over 700 plants that are toxic to pets? Many plants have multiple names, so it is important that you check the different names to ensure your plants are safe.  Please note these blogs are not intended to be a comprehensive list.

Please note, if your pet is vomiting, has diarrhea, or exhibits any signs that something is wrong, there are several 24-hour vets in the Oklahoma City Metro: Animal Emergency and Surgery Center at 931 W. I-240 Service Road (405.631.7828), Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Hospital at 1800 West Memorial (405.749.6989), All Hours Animal Hospital and Emergency Center at 609 NW 8th Street, Moore, OK (405.237-1055). 

Lilies can be toxic to both dogs and cats. Easter lilies and stargazer lilies are toxic to cats, and symptoms include vomiting, lethargy and lack of appetite . If left untreated, these lilies can cause renal failure and even death. Peace lilies are toxic to both cats and dogs. Symptoms include excessive drooling, vomiting and difficulty swallowing.

Other bulb plants, including daffodils, tulips, irises, calla lilies, gladiolus, freesia and hyacinths, are all toxic to pets. Symptoms are oral irritation, intense diarrhea, vomiting, tremors and depression.  In some cases, these flowers can cause death.

Other toxic flowering plants are hydrangeas, cyclamen, primrose, peonies, asters, agapanthus, clematis, kalanchoe, and morning glories.  Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, gas, mouth irritation, loss of coordination, disorientation, tremors, depression and excessive drooling.   If your pet has eaten the tubers of the cyclamen located at the root (usually under the soil), they can experience heart arrhythmia, seizures and even death.

Many ivies and ferns are toxic to our pets, including English ivy, asparagus fern, pothos ivy, and grape ivy. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drooling, difficulty swallowing, and dermatitis.

Non-flowering toxic houseplants include diffenbachia, jade plant, fiddle leaf philidendron, corn plant, sago palm, arrowhead plant and mother-in-law's tongue. Symptoms include mouth irritation, excessive drooling, difficulty swallowing, loss of coordination, vomiting, diarrhea, 

In addition to the bulb flowers listed above, azaleas, crocus, oleander, foxglove, yew and juniper are deadly to household pets. All can cause organ failure including respiratory, liver, kidney, heart failure and nervous system problems.

To prevent poisoning, always keep your plants out of reach in hanging baskets or on countertops (ineffective with cats!). Clean up any fallen leaves or other plant debris immediately. If you fear your pet has been poisoned by one of your plants, take a photo of the plant and take your pet to your veterinarian immediately. 

Until next week, Oklahoma City!

Please note I have not listed all of the symptoms for each particular plant or flower. If you fear your pet has been poisoned, go immediately to the nearest vet.
  This is an overview of symptoms for all the flowering plants listed. Not every symptom correlates to each plant. 


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