Poisonous Outdoor Plants

3 Sep

 

 gallery-thumbnails-8Beautiful autumn  days are great for heading outdoors with your pet. But with nature in bloom – from wildflowers to tree pollen to vegetable gardens – it’s important to be aware of which plants could be harmful to your pet.

American bittersweet, for instance, is a robust ornamental vine that grows in many parts of the United States, but it is toxic to cats, dogs and horses. Symptoms of animal poisoning include weakness, convulsions, vomiting and diarrhea. Unfortunately, American bittersweet can spread prolifically and become invasive, so be sure to keep an eye out for its distinctive appearance – summertime vines with small greenish-yellow or greenish-white flowers that, in the fall, become round orange-yellow capsules that burst open with scarlet red seeds.

Aloe Vera is a spear-leaved succulent perennial well-loved for its medicinal qualities for people, but it is gallery-thumbnailspoisonous for cats and dogs. It can cause vomiting, depression, anorexia, tremors and changes in urine color in small animals. That’s not to say you can’t keep aloe around the house – I just transplanted my aloe plant into my garden since the weather has been so warm, and I’ll bring it back inside during the cooler months. The important thing is to keep it in a place where your animals can’t get to it.

Chrysanthemums are another one to keep away from pets. These flowers are popular, pretty and even beneficial – they deter mosquitoes and have medicinal properties. But they are gallery-thumbnails-1toxic to pets, and can cause depression, loss of coordination, vomiting, diarrhea, salivating and dermatitis.

Begonias are a popular garden and container bloom that are also toxic to dogs and cats. The tubers, or roots, are the most poisonous part. Symptoms include an intense gallery-thumbnails-3burning sensation around the mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting and difficulty swallowing.

The gorgeous and fragrant Lily flower is extremely toxic to cats (but not dogs), even in small amounts. Many types of lily (Tiger, Asian, Japanese Show, Easter, Stargazer, Casa Blanca) can cause kidney failure in cats.

Hostas are a robust landscaping favorite, but they are poisonous to dogs and cats. Symptoms include, vomiting, diarrhea and depression.

Tulip bulbs are very dangerous for pets, because they have the highest concentration of toxins. Be careful if you have a dog who enjoy digging, like mine do – they love to “help” me when I’m planting. If you store your bulbs indoors during the winter, keep them in a secure place. Symptoms can include gastrointestinal irritation, drooling, loss of appetite, depression of the central nervous system, convulsions and cardiac abnormalities.

If you notice your cat or dog eating or even nosing around any of plants – or if you notice any of the listed symptoms – bring your pet to the vet right away. Then, while you are waiting for veterinarian help, you can try the homeopathic remedies Nux Vomica or Arsenicum Album, which are both helpful with upset stomachs and/or poisoning.

Written by:  Brenda M. Tobin-Flood, Cert. C.N.

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With a background in Animal Science, Animal Nutrition, and Natural Health, I can help you to create a holistic wellness plan for your animal companions.  Does your pet have an acute or chronic disease? I uses natural curative treatments such as homeopathy, herbs and essential oils. email brenda@rubysnaturals.com

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