To help keep your furry household members safe we have compiled a list of common (not all) toxic plants and the reported symptoms found in pets when ingested. Either avoid keeping these plants around the home and garden, place them out of reach, or train Bruiser and Fluffy to avoid them. Most animals will avoid these plants on their own, but if you suspect poisioning immediately call the 24-hour ASPCA hotline at 1-888-426-4435 and your local vet.
Apple, Almond, Apricot, Peach, Wild Cherries, Plum, Pear, and Prunes:
Diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, (Stem, Seeds and Leaves) The seeds of most fruits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to animals as well as humans.
The fruit, pit and plant are all toxic. They can cause difficulty breathing and fluid accumulation in the chest, abdomen and heart
Reported to be pretty potent gastrointestinal irritant
May cause rapid breathing, shock, mouth inflammation, and increased heart rate
Acute gastric effects, liver and kidney damage, abdominal pain, nausea, salivation, vomiting
Cats are particularly sensitive to gastrointestinal upset, hemolytic anemia, and heinz body anemia
Grapes, Raisins, Prunes:
Kidney failure, as little as a single serving of grapes or raisins can kill a dog. It takes anywhere from 9 oz to 2 lbs of grapes and raisins (between .041 and 1.1 oz/kg of body weight), to cause severe vomiting and diarrhea, and possible kidney failure
Tomato and Nightshade Plants:
Hyper-salivation, severe gastrointestinal upset, diarrhea, drowsiness, CNS depression, confusion, behavioral change, weakness, dilated pupils, slow heart rate
The leaves are toxic and may cause drooling, diarrhea, and changes in appetite and thirst
Vomiting, depression, diarrhea, drooling, seizures
Vomiting, depression, diarrhea, anorexia, tremors, change in urine color
Vomiting, depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hyper salivation, anorexia, tremors
Oral irritation, bloody vomiting, diarrhea, shock, multi-organ damage, bone marrow suppression
Severe gastrointestinal disorders, convulsions, shivering, hypotension, dermatitis, muscular tremors and cardiac arrhythmias
Intense vomiting, diarrhea, occasionally with blood, depression and tremors
Vomiting occasionally with blood, depression, diarrhea, occasionally with blood, hyper salivation, abdominal pain
Lily of the Valley:
Ataxia, vomiting, cardiac arrhythmias, death
Intense vomiting, depression, diarrhea, hyper salivation, in appetence
Vomiting, depression, anorexia, diarrhea
Abdominal pain, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, convulsions, delirium
Cardiac arrhythmias, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, delirium
Oral irritation, bloody vomiting, diarrhea, shock, kidney and liver damage, bone marrow suppression, lethargy, kidney failure, (Cats are only species known to be affected.)
Colic, diarrhea, sweating, incoordination, difficulty breathing, muscle tremors, recumbency, and possibly death from cardiac failure.
Vomiting, melena, icterus, increased thirst, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, bruising, coagulopathy, liver damage, liver failure, death
Information provided by the Animal Science department of Cornell University.