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Common Summer Plant Toxicities in Dogs and Cats

Here is a list of some common summer plants that are toxic to dogs and cats. 

Tomato Plants: Stems, leaves and non-ripe tomatoes contain more toxicity. This plant is toxic in large doses. Common symptoms include — weakness, gastrointestinal problems, drowsiness, slow heart rate, confusion.

Aloe Vera: This plant is metabolized by intestinal bacteria, which results in gastrointestinal symptoms. With prompt treatments, symptoms resolve quickly. Common symptoms include — vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, tremors, general central nervous system depression.

Ivy: Not all Ivy plants are toxic; the toxic component is the triterpenoid saponin. Common symptoms include: Vomiting, diarrhea, excessive salivation and drooling, abdominal pain

Gladiola: Gladiola is a very popular perennial plant. All portions of the plant are toxic, especially the bulb. Dogs can also choke on the leaves and bulb of this plant. Common symptoms include — drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy.

Daffodil: All parts of the daffodil are toxic. Symptoms are not usually life-threatening and resolve within a few hours. Common symptoms include –intestinal spasms, low blood pressure, salivation, vomiting, diarrhea, cardiac arrhythmia.

Begonia: Small animals are especially vulnerable as relatively small amounts can cause symptoms. Common symptoms include — extreme oral irritation, excessive inflammation of the mouth, drooling and vomiting.

Chrysanthemum: This plant contains pyrethrins which kill insects by attacking their nervous systems. Cats are more sensitive than dogs to this plant due to their liver metabolism pathways. Common symptoms include — vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, drooling.

Tulips: Any part of the plant is toxic, particularly the bulb as the toxic component is glucosides. Common symptoms — gastrointestinal symptoms, central nervous system depression, convulsions, potentially fatal.

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Written by: Jillian, RVT



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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


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