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Toxic Lovelies To Keep Away From Pets

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:raisins

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

Aloe Vera:

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

Daffodil, Narcissus:

Severe gastrointestinal disorders, convulsions, shivering, hypotension, dermatitis, muscular tremors and cardiac arrhythmias


Intense vomiting, diarrhea, occasionally with blood, depression and tremors

Gladiolas, Iris:iris

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

Christmas Rose:

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.)

Oleander shrub:

Colic, diarrhea, sweating, incoordination, difficulty breathing, muscle tremors, recumbency, and possibly death from cardiac failure.

Sago Palm:

Vomiting, melena, icterus, increased thirst, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, bruising, coagulopathy, liver damage, liver failure, death

Information provided by the Animal Science department of Cornell University.

Margie is the founder of IG and is passionate about the therapeutic benefits of working with nature in the garden. She enjoys mangosteen, the rainy season, hammocks, and wild visitors in the garden.

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