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Poison Control for Dogs and Cats
Comprehensive List of Poisonous Plants for Dogs and Cats
Alfalfa (multiple exposures)
Apple Leaf Croton
Avacado (fruit and pit)
Bird of Paradise
Cherry (seeds and wilting leaves)
Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane)
Easter Lily (in cats!!!!)
Fruit Salad Plant
Giant Dumb Cane
Gold Dust Dracaena
Hahn's Self-Branching Ivy
Indian Rubber Plant
Janet Craig Dracaena
Japanese Show Lily (cats !!!)
Lacy Tree Philodendron
Lily of the Valley
Mother-in Law's Tongue
Madagascar Dragon Tree
Oriental Lily (cats!!!)
Peach (wilting leaves and pits)
Poinsettia (low toxicity)
Potato Plant (green fruit, stem, leaves)
Rose petals (cats)
Saddle Leaf Philodendron
Spotted Dumb Cane
Stargazer Lily (cats)
String of Pearls
Swiss Cheese Plant
Tiger Lily (cats)
Tomato Plant (green fruit, stem,leaves)
Tropic Snow Dieffenbachia
* please note: this list is not all inclusive
If you suspect that your pet has been poisoned contact:
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
This is 24 hour a day hotline.
(Note that in some cases a consultation fee may be charged to your credit card.)
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, an operating division of the American Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), is the only animal-oriented poison
control center in North America. It is a unique emergency hotline providing
24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week telephone assistance. The Center's hotline veterinarians
can quickly answer questions about toxic chemicals, dangerous plants, products or
substances found in our everyday surroundings that can prove poisonous or fatal to
Most Common Poisonous Plants for Dogs and Cats
Azalea – The toxins in azalea plants can be very severe, potentially cause drooling, diarrhea,
vomiting, central nervous system weakening and depression, and in extreme cases coma or
Caladium - The whole plant is poisonous. Ingestion causes mouth irritation, stomach upset,
asphyxiation, tremours, seizures, and in severe cases death
Castor Bean – Poisoning as a result of this plant can cause abdominal pain, drooling,
diarrhea, vomiting increased thirst, loss of appetite and weakness. More serious cases could
also lead to dehydration, tremors, seizures, twitching muscles, coma and possibly death.
Deiffenbachia (Dumb Cane) - The whole plant is poisonous, causing mouth irritation,
stomach upset, asphyxiation, tremours, seizures and even death.
Kalanchoe – Ingestion of this plant can cause gastrointestinal irritation and cardiac rhythm
and rate problems.
Lilies – Plants of the lily variety are very poisonous to cats. Even very small amounts of
these plants could cause serious kidney damage.
Marijuana – Animals who attempt to snack on this plant can suffer serious consequences
such as diarrhea, vomiting, increased heart rate, drooling, in-coordination, and even possibly
seizures and coma.
Oleander – All portions of this plant are poisonous and can cause gastrointestinal irritation,
hypothermia, heart problems and possibly death.
Poinsettia – This common Christmas houseplant has poisonous leaves, flowers and stems.
Ingestion causes mouth irritation and stomach upset. Usually not fatal.
Tulips – The toxic portion of this plant is the actual bulb, which can cause drooling, central
nervous system depression, gastrointestinal irritation, cardiac issues and convulsions.
Yew – Poisoning as a result of the yew plant can affect the nervous system and cause in-
coordination, trembling and breathing difficulties. It may also result in gastrointestinal
irritation, cardiac failure and could possibly lead to death.