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Common Household Pet Poisons

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Many common houseplants and landscap plants are poisonous. Review this list and remove any of your current plants from your house to avoid the risk of comsumption of these toxic plants. If your pet chews on outdoor plants, dig up and remove the poisonous types. Here is a list of some of the most dangerous plants. For a complete list with pictures visit the ASPCA’s Toxic Plant Listing. Call or go directly to your veterinarian immediately following this first aid recommendation.


Poison Source Symptoms Frist Aid
Azalea Salivation, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle weakness, seizures, coma, death Give lots of water to wash the stomach - give activated charcoal
Belladona, datura, henbane, jessamine, jimsonweek Dry, red skin, fever, seizures, excess thirst, dialated pupils Induce vomiting
Caladium, dieffenbachia, philodendron Swollen tongue and throat, difficulty breathing DO NOT induce vomiting. Keep airway open, give CPR if necessary, offer milk or water to wash out the mouth
Crown of thorns, English Ivy Thirst, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, death in 1 - 2 days Induce vomiting
Daffodil, tulip, wisteria bulbs Depression, violent vomiting Induce vomiting unless pet is already vomiting. Give water and/or milk to dilute the poison and coat stomach
Foxglove, larkspur, lily of the valley, monkshood, oleander Depression, bloody diarrhea, fast or slow heartbeat, severe stomach pain, coma, death Induce vomiting
Holly Stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea Induce vomiting
Jerusalem cherry, potato (green parts and eyes), nightshade Vomiting, bloody diarrhea, trembling, weakness DO NOT induce vomiting
Lily Kidney failure, with excess urination and drinking Induce vomiting
Mother in law's tongue (snake plant) Vomiting, salivation, diarrhea, staggering, collapse, mouth irritation DO NOT induce vomiting - offer milk or water to wash out the mouth
Rhubarb Vomiting, salivation, stomach pain, convulsions, kidney damage Induce vomiting
Seeds and pits of apple, apricot, cherry, peach, and hydrangea Cyanide poisoning: bright red gums, involuntary urination and defecation, labored breathing, seizures, forthing at the mouth, coma. Induce vomiting - antidote available at vet
Walnuts Vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions Induce vomiting
Yew Muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, dilated pupils, sudden death with no signs. Induce vomiting, keep airway open, give CPR if necessary.