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Plants That Are Poisonous to Pets

Spring is here and it comes with a very important reminder for pet parents!The season of “new beginnings” makes it hard not to fill your home with vibrant colors. On the flip side, your four-legged companion has spotted that new addition on your windowsill (or your flowerbed) … and boy does it look tasty! Before you add beautiful scenery to your home or your landscape, here are five of the most common plants and flowers that are harmful to your pet:

Oleander

  • What – outdoor shrub (toxic to dogs and cats)
  • Symptoms – heart abnormalities, muscle tremors, vomiting
  • To Know – signs can start within an hour of swallowing.
  • Recommendation – take your pet to your veterinarian

Azaleas

  • What – outdoor flowering shrub (toxic to dogs and cats)
  • Symptoms – vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rate, tremors
  • To Know – eating a few leaves can result in a coma
  • Recommendation – seek immediate veterinary attention

Lilies (Tiger, Day, Asiatic, Easter and Japanese Show)

  • What – indoor flower (toxic to cats)
  • Symptoms – acute kidney failure
  • To Know – signs surface immediately after digesting
  • Recommendation – seek veterinary attention ASAP

Tulips (especially the bulbs)

  • What – indoor flower (toxic to cats and dogs)
  • Symptoms – vomiting, diarrhea, body pain, difficulty breathing
  • Recommendation – contact your vet immediately

Daffodils (especially the bulbs)

  • What – indoor flower (toxic to cats and dogs)
  • Symptoms – severe gastrointestinal issues and a life-threatening drop in blood pressure
  • Recommendation – seek veterinary attention immediately
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