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Toxic Plants in Your Spring Garden

toxic pet plants albuquerqueIt is amazing how many different plants can be toxic to us and to our pets. When you are planting your garden it is good to know what is ok for your pets and what is not ok. For a complete list of toxic plants, look at the ASPCA toxic plant list.

If you think your pet has eaten something toxic. Call your Los Lunas veterinarian immediately.

Here are some common ones in New Mexico:

Goat Heads: Though not actually toxic, these little spiky terrors are the biggest threat to your pet. They get stuck in their paw, in their fur, or can be swallowed. You know how badly they hurt when they go in your foot, it is the same for your pet.  It’s a good idea to keep your yard clear of goat heads, either pull up the plants by the roots or cut them off at ground level below their foliage.

Niteshade: These are often weeds that grow in the sandy areas in our yard. They have purple flowers, grey-green stems and tiny red spines. These can make your pet very sick if they eat them. Best to keep them out of the yard.

Aloe vera
Toxic to cats and dogs. It can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhea, anorexia, tremors, change in urine color.

Toxic to cats, dogs, horses, goats and sheep. All it takes is eating a few leaves and it can cause serious problems such as, acute digestive upset, excessive drooling, loss of appetite, frequent bowel movements or diarrhea, colic, depression, weakness, loss of coordination, stupor, leg paralysis, weak heart rate and death.

Toxic to cats and dogs; the bulbs being the most toxic part though eating the leaves and flowers can cause upset as well such as: vomiting, salvation, diarrhea; large ingestions cause convulsions, low blood pressure, tremors and cardiac arrhythmias.

Ivy (though not all kinds) The leaves are more toxic than the berries. Can cause: vomiting, abdominal pain, hypersalivation, diarrhea.

Highly toxic to cats though not to dogs.  Many types of lily (Tiger, Asian, Japanese Show, Easter, Stargazer, Casa Blanca) can cause kidney failure in cats.

Morning Glory
Pretty but still toxic. Can cause: gastrointestinal upset, agitation, tremors, disorientation, ataxia, anorexia, hallucinations.

It’s the bulb of the tulip that is the most toxic. This means: if you have a dog that digs, be cautious. Can cause: intense gastrointestinal irritation, drooling, loss of appetite, depression of the central nervous system, convulsions and cardiac abnormalities.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.