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Posted on 05-22-2012

San Diego Veterinarian Warns of Poisonous Plants

At Rancho San Carlos Pet Clinic, Inc., we believe that preventing your pet from becoming ill is just as important as helping your pet become well when he or she is sick. Many pet owners in El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee and the surrounding communities are not aware that there are hundreds San Diego veterinarians warn of poisonous yard plantsof common household and yard plants that could prove dangerous to their pets. These plants can cause reactions that might range from mild nausea for your pet to possible death.

1.Aloe: People grow aloe for its soothing ability on cuts and scrapes, but it's not so soothing for cats and dogs. Signs that your pet might have ingested aloe include depression, vomiting, anorexia, diarrhea, and tremors.

2.In the springtime we're happy to see buttercups sprouting on our lawns, but they might not be a good sign for pets. Dogs and cats may exhibit signs of vomiting, depression, hyper salivation, diarrhea and wobbly gait if they experience buttercup poisoning.

3.Holiday plants can be poisonous to pets as well. At Christmas it's mistletoe and poinsettias; at Easter it's the lily. Many plants in the lily family can prove quite poisonous to cats, even in small amounts.

4.In the springtime many of us like to get our green thumbs going in the garden, but be careful of any plant exposure for your pets. You may be surprised to find that tulip bulbs and daffodil bulbs can be poisonous.

5. Even if you do not have a yard or houseplants, you may enjoy buying flowers at your local farmer's market or flower shop. However, if you have a cat or a dog, beware of plants like azaleas, begonias, and rhododendrons. While these flowers are lovely and bright, they are toxic to animals and should not be brought inside a house with pets.  

Poison Care at Our Animal Hospital

If you are concerned about any of the plants in your house or yard, it's always best to ask our San Diego veterinarian for advice. If you think your pet may have been poisoned, contact our animal hospital immediately for veterinary advice on the next steps to take.

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