With Easter coming up this weekend, your house is probably full of flowers, Easter baskets and chocolate! While these are fun and delicious for humans, they can be potentially dangerous for your pets.
Spring is the season where flowers bloom and sunny skies bring beautiful sunshine. Dangers also become a factor as toxic plants are in full bloom, posing risks to our beloved pets. Learn about the different kinds of plants that can harm pets and pose health risks to pets.
Springtime holidays are often associated with bulb plants and ingestion of the bulbs causes the most severe illness. Summer holidays are associated with plants. Here are some of the more common spring and summer holiday plants and information on their toxicity.
• Tulip (Tulip spp)- Ingestion can result in intense vomiting, depression, diarrhea, hypersalivation, drooling and lack of appetite.
• Hyacinth (Hyacinthus oreintalis)- Ingestion can result in intense vomiting, diarrhea, depression and tremors.
• Daffodil (Narcissus spp)- Ingestion can result in severe gastrointestinal illness, convulsions, seizures, low blood pressure and tremors.
• Peace lily (Spathiphyllum spp)- Ingestion can result in ulcers in the mouth, vomiting and diarrhea.
• Easter cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesi)- Ingestion can result in vomiting, diarrhea and depression. Cats can also develop staggering.
• Easter daisy (Townsendia sericea)- This plant is considered non toxic.
• Easter orchid (Cattleya mossiae)- This plant is considered non toxic.
• Easter lily cactus (Echinopsis multiplex)- This plant is considered non toxic.
• Resurrection lily (Kaempferia pulchra)- This plant is considered non toxic.
• Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia splendens prostrata)- Ingestion results in vomiting and diarrhea.
These plants are considered very toxic and can result in severe illness or even death:
• Azalea (Rhododendron spp)- Ivomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, weakness, coma, hypotension, CNS depression, cardiovascular collapse and death.
• Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)- Excessive salivation, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, gastro-intestinal disorders, lack of appetite, tremors, convulsions, seizures
• Rhododendron (Rhododendron spp)- Vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, weakness, coma, hypotension, CNS depression, cardiovascular collapse and death.
• Tiger Lily (Lilium tigrinum)- Vomiting, inappetence, lethargy, kidney failure. Cats are only species known to be affected.
• Easter Lily (Lilium longiflorum)- Vomiting, inappetence, lethargy, and kidney failure. Cats are only species known to be affected.
• American Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)- Weakness, convulsions, gastroenteritis (vomiting, diarrhea.)
• Clematis (Clematis sp.)- Vomiting, diarrhea, oral ulcers, ataxia irritant or vesicant action.
• Day lily (Hemorocallis dumortirei)- Vomiting, lethargy, kidney failure. Cats are only species known to be affected.
• Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)- Cardiac arrhythmias, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, cardiac failure, death.
• Lily of the Valley (Convalaria majalis)- Ataxia, vomiting, cardiac arrhythmias, death.
• Narcissus (Narcissus spp) Severe gastrointestinal disorders, convulsions, shivering, hypotension, dermatitis, muscular tremors, and cardiac arrhythmias.
• Morning Glory (Ipomoea spp)- Seeds may cause hallucination, may cause diarrhea.
Also note that lawn pesticides can affect your dogs as much as your children. Be careful of where you place pesticides. Many natural pesticides are now available to people that are much less harmful.
Your animal may become poisoned in spite of your best efforts to prevent it. You should keep telephone numbers for your veterinarian, a local emergency veterinary service, and the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center (1-888-4 ANI-HELP) in a convenient location. If you suspect that your pet has ingested something poisonous, seek medical attention immediately.
Now get out there and enjoy the sunshine with your furry friends!