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
  • Black walnut (toxic to horses)
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Bittersweet
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Brackenfern (also toxic to horses)
  • Buddhist Pine
  • Buttercup (small flower and tall, toxic to horses)
  • 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* (also toxic to horses)
  • Geranium
  • Ground Ivy (toxic to horses)

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*
  • Lily of the Valley*
  • Lupine
  • Maple (horses)
  • Marijuana (esp. in foods)
  • Mistletoe
  • Morning Glory
  • Mushroom* (some)
  • Narcissus
  • Nightshade (aka Deadly Nightshade)
Oleander (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)
  • Oleander* (also toxic to horses)
  • Oregon Grape
  • Peach (leaves, pits)
  • Philodendron
  • Plum (pit, leaves)
  • Poison Hemlock (also toxic to horses)
  • Poison Ivy
  • Poison Oak
  • Poison Sumac
  • Poppy
  • Pothos
  • Potato Plant (leaves, sprouts)
  • Primrose

Q - Z

Rhododendron (Stockbyte/Thinkstock)
  • Rhododendron* (also toxic to horses)
  • Rhubarb* (leaves)
  • Ribbon Plant
  • Russian Knapweed (toxic to horses)
  • Sago Palm*
  • Skunk Cabbage
  • String of Pearls
  • Tansy Ragwort (also toxic to horses)
  • Tomato (green fruit, stems, leaves)
  • Tulips
  • Water Hemlock (toxic to horses)
  • Weeping Fig
  • Yellow Star Thistle (toxic to horses)
  • Yew* (also toxic to horses)

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

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Updated: 2017-05-01 07:00:00

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.