Poisonous Plant Safety


Poisonous Plant Safety
Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff

With the hustle and bustle of the season, we pet owners may not be as observant as we'd like. Cats and dogs can be very curious and some love to chew greenery. But knowing what types of flora may cause your pet to become ill, and preventing contact with them, may save you a frantic trip to the veterinarian's office. Also, we recommend you post the telephone number of your area poison control center (or the national hotline) by the phone.

The following is by no means a complete list, but comprises some of the most common indoor plants that could cause problems:

May cause rash after skin or mouth contact:

  • Chrysanthemum
  • Fig, Creeping & Weeping
  • Poinsettia

Causes mouth swelling and may cause staggering and collapse:

  • Boston Ivy
  • Dieffenbachia (all)
  • Lily, Calla and Peace
  • Mother-in-Law's Tongue (Snake Plant)
  • Philodendron (all)
  • Silver Pothos

May cause vomiting and diarrhea, cramps; some cause tremors, heart, respiratory, or kidney problem:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Asparagus Fern
  • Amaryllis
  • Azalea
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Daffodil
  • Elephant Ear
  • English Ivy
  • Ferns
  • Mistletoe
  • Rubber Plant
  • Schefflera
  • Umbrella Plant
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