Poisonous Plants

Ingestion of even small amounts of certain plants can be harmful or fatal to a pet.

Symptoms of Plant Poisoning

Symptoms of plant poisoning include:

  • Irritation to skin and/or mouth
  • Drooling
  • Diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Lethargy
  • Unconsciousness
  • Vomiting. Please note that vomiting is common after a cat or dog ingests plant material. Seek veterinary care if vomiting accompanies other symptoms or if you suspect that your pet has ingested any toxic substance. Time is of the essence in treatment.
Lily (Thinkstock)
 

A Warning for Cat Owners: Lily Family Highly Toxic

Members of the lily family (Easter, tiger, day, rubrum, Japanese show) are especially toxic to cats and can cause kidney failure within 72 hours. Lilies should be removed from homes with cats, or kept inaccessible.

Animal Poison Control

You may also want to make a note of these numbers for animal poison control:

* Highly Toxic: Contact your veterinarian or an emergency animal hospital immediately if your pet ingests one of these starred (*) plants.

Note: This list is not a comprehensive list of all plants that are toxic to animals. If a plant is not on this list, please do not automatically consider it to be safe.

Plant Lookup

A - G

  • Aloe Vera
  • Amaryllis
  • Apple (seeds, leaves)
  • Apricot (pit, leaves)
  • Asparagus Fern
Autumn Crocus (Hemera/Thinkstock)
  • Autumn Crocus*
  • Avocado (fruit, pit)
  • Azalea*
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Begonia
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Bittersweet
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Brackenfern
  • Buddhist Pine
  • Caladium
  • Calla Lily
Castor Bean (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)
  • Castor Bean*
  • Ceriman
  • Cherry (leaves, pits)
  • Christmas Rose
  • Cineraria
  • Clematis
  • Cordatum
  • Corn Plant
  • Cornstalk Plant
  • Croton
  • Cycads*
 
  • Cyclamen
Foxglove (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)
  • Daffodil
  • Diffenbachia/Dumb Cane
  • Dracaena/ Dragon Tree
  • Elephant Ear
  • Fiddle-leaf Fig
  • Foxglove*
  • Geranium

H - P

  • Holly (berries)
  • Horsetail
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydrangea
  • Iris
  • Ivy, all varieties
  • Jerusalem Cherry
  • Juniper (needles, berries)
Kalanchoe (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)
  • Kalanchoe*
  • Lamb's Quarters
  • Larkspur
  • Laurel
  • Lily* (all varieties)
  • Lily of the Valley*
  • Lupine
  • Marijuana (esp. in foods)
  • Mistletoe
  • Morning Glory
  • Mushroom* (some)
  • Narcissus
  • Nightshade
Oleander (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)
  • Oleander*
  • Oregon Grape
  • Peach (leaves, pits)
  • Philodendron
  • Plum (pit, leaves)
  • Poison Hemlock
  • Poison Ivy
  • Poison Oak
  • Poison Sumac
  • Poppy
  • Pothos
  • Potato Plant (leaves, sprouts)
  • Primrose

Q - Z

Rhododendron (Stockbyte/Thinkstock)
  • Rhododendron*
  • Rhubarb* (leaves)
  • Ribbon Plant
  • Sago Palm*
  • Skunk Cabbage
  • String of Pearls
  • Tansy
  • Tomato (green fruit, stems, leaves)
  • Tulips
  • Weeping Fig
  • Yew*

* Highly Toxic: Contact your veterinarian or an emergency animal hospital immediately if your pet ingests one of these plants.

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Published: March 9, 2009;    Updated: February 27, 2013

Filed Under: Safety, Seasonal Issues, Companion Animals, Cats, Dogs

Note: This list is not a comprehensive list of all plants that are toxic to animals. If a plant is not on this list, please do not automatically consider it to be safe.

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