Poison Prevention Week March 2022: Day 2 House Plants
Like people, pets can encounter many forms of poison in day-to-day life. Today we will focus on common household plants that can be toxic to your pets.
Lilium (Easter Lily) and Hemerocallis lilies (Orange Day-Lily) are highly toxic to cats. Even a small amount can result in kidney failure.
Heart problems can be caused by Lily of the Valley, oleander (common decorative landscaping plant), yew, foxglove, and kalanchoe when ingested by pets.
Sago palms, especially when the nut is ingested, can cause severe intestinal issues, seizures and even liver damage.
Other toxic plants include:
Azaleas, rhododendrons and tulip/narcissus bulbs, castor bean, cyclamen, amaryllis, chrysanthemums, pothos, english ivy, philodendron, corn plant, mother-in-law’s tongue, hibiscus, hydrangea, peace lily, schefflera/scheffleria, rhubarb leaves and shamrock.
It is best to try and keep these plants out of your household and out of your pet’s reach.
One plant that can sneak into your pet’s life is fungi. Fungi can cause liver damage or other illnesses. We recommend bagging grass clippings and pulling any fungi that you find in your pet’s yard before they can get to it.
If you suspect that your pet has ingested a poisonous plant, call your vet immediately and have the plant name available. With poisoning cases, time is critical for treatment!
For further information on toxic plants for pets check out AVMA’s link: https://www.avma.org/resources/pet-owners/petcare/household-hazards
Pet Poison Helpline is also available for pet poison concerns and questions: https://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/
For more information on poison control, check out Washington Poison Center: https://www.wapc.org/