Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Poisonous plants: overview

Contributor(s): Alexander Campbell, Vetstream Ltd

Introduction

  • While cases of plant poisoning in adult dogs are rare, puppies, being inquisitive, are more vulnerable to accidential ingestion of toxic plants. In many cases animals remain asymptomatic or experience gastrointestinal upset (vomiting, salivation, diarrhea, abdominal tenderness, pyrexia (rarely)). Where more severe clinical effects have been reported, convulsions, muscle tremors, cardiac arrhythmias and edema of mucous membranes (occasionally airway obstruction and respiratory distress) may be observed.
  • See Cardiotoxic plant poisoning Cardiotoxic plant poisoning.

Plants causing gastrointestinal effects

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Treatment

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • For a concise list of poisonous plants and their toxic effects, visit: https://www.rover.com/blog/poisonous-plants/.
  • Campbell A & Chapman M (2000) Handbook of Poisoning in Dogs and Cats. Blackwell Science.
  • Burger I H (1994) Natural Food Hazards. In: The Waltham Book of Clinical Nutrition of the Dog and Cat. Wills J M & Simpson K W (eds). pp 159-161.

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