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Poisonous Plants for Cats

In Health Tips on April 25, 2013 at 10:58 am

Plants can cause a number of different symptoms and problems for your cat. There are hundreds of plants that are labeled ‘toxic’ or ‘poisonous’ to cats. Are you familiar with common household plants that are bad for your cat?

photo (2) copyPersonally every time I bring a new plant into my apartment I immediately go onto the ASPCA toxic plant website and do a little research. For example I was given an orchid. I assumed it was toxic and would cause problems for my cat. After looking up orchids, I found that they in fact are not toxic. After finding this out I no longer had any worries.

Since most people aren’t as crazy about cats and plants as I am, I thought creating a top 10 household plants which are toxic list. Here they are:

  1. Asparagus fern- the toxic substance is Sapogenins. This plant causes allergic dermatitis. If your cat eats the berries, this could result in vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
  2. Corn Plant- the toxic substance is Saponins. This plant causes vomiting, depression, anorexia, hypersalivation, dilated pupils, and sometimes blood in the vomit.
  3. Dieffenbachia- the toxic substances include insoluble calcium oxalates and proteolytic enzymes. The plant causes oral irritation, burning of the mouth, excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.
  4. Elephant ear- the toxic substance is the insoluble calcium oxalate. This plant causes oral irritation and burning of the mouth, excessive drooling, vomiting and difficulty swallowing.
  5. Lilies- the toxic substance is currently unknown, but eating this plant can lead to kidney failure for your cat.
  6. Cyclamen- the toxic substance is terpenoid saponins. This plant can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rhythms, seizures, and even death.
  7. Heartleaf philodendron- the toxic substance is the insoluble calcium oxalates. This plant can cause oral irritation with burning of the mouth
  8. Jade leaf- the toxic substance is unknown, but this plant can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
  9. Aloe plant- the toxic substance is Saponins. This plant can cause vomiting, diarrhea, depression, anorexia, tremors, and change in urine color.
  10. Hydrangea- the toxic substance is Cyanogenic glycoside. This plant can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhea with gastrointestinal issues.

You might be thinking this is a list of very common household plants, that’s because it is. Just be aware of the plants you have in your home and whether or not your cat likes to eat those plants.

Incase you are feeling a little sad about all of these plants which are bad for your cat, here are 10 plants that are not toxic for your cat:

  1. Blue Echeveria
  2. Bamboo
  3. Areca (Golden Palm)
  4. Burro’s Tail (Lamb’s Tail)
  5. Christmas Cactus
  6. Cliff Brake (Button Fern)
  7. Hens and Chickens
  8. Pearl Plant
  9. Pony Tail Palm
  10. Orchid

Have you looked up the plants you have in your home?

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Poisonous Plants for Dogs

In Health Tips on April 23, 2013 at 1:26 pm

558925_3759422476433_1504517167_nAs we all know, dogs love to eat things off of the ground, including plant materials. But do you know what plants are poisonous for your dog? The ASPCA is a great resource to use when searching specific plants. The website tells you which animals the plant is toxic to and the clinical signs to look for.

What I think is important for you to know are the top 10 toxic plants for dogs. These include:

  1. Black Walnut’s- the nut doesn’t do much harm by itself that is until mold starts to grow. Commonly the tree drops the nuts and they begin to grow mold. That mold can cause tremors and seizure.
  2. Lilies- ingestion can cause gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting and diarrhea, depression, anorexia and tremors.
  3. Grapes- small amounts of the fruit from the vine can cause vomiting and diarrhea and lead to kidney failure.
  4. Azalea’s- Ingestion of a few leaves can cause drooling, loss of appetite, vomiting, weakness, paralysis, and even death.
  5. Mushrooms- this fungus can cause vomiting and diarrhea, swelling to the brain or even death depending on the species of mushroom.
  6. Marijuana- this can cause a slow heart rate, lack of coordination, disorientation and tremors, which can last for a few days.
  7. Daffodils- the bulbs are the most dangerous part of this plant. If ingested can cause vomiting, salivation, diarrhea, convulsions, tremors and heart irregularities.
  8. Sago Palm’s- even part of this plant contains cycasin, which can be fatal.
  9. Castor Bean’s- the toxic substance is ricin, which can burn your dog’s mouth. This leads to excessive thirst, vomiting, diarrhea, and even death.
  10. Dieffenbachia- this can burn your dog’s mouth and cause the esophagus to swell, which could block the airway.

Don’t take the chance with any of these plants. If you have them in your home or around your yard be careful! Remove them if possible. As you can see these can cause some major problems.

Have you looked up the plants you have around your home yet? Check out the ASPCA’s website and search your plants!

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