Spring is the time of year when many trees and flowers are blooming so it is good to know which ones are harmful to your pet. Dr. Camille De Clemente, senior director for the Animal Poison Control Center at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New York, stated " Spring and summer are definitely important times for animal owners to start being cautious." She said that cats and dogs are often tempted by all the sprouting green leaves and flowers. They just look too good to resist!
One of these flowers is Lily of the Valley. This is a low growing plant, usually with white flowers. It can cause heart problems in cats and dogs.
All Lillies are toxic to cats, especially day lillies. They can cause kidney failure. as per "ocala.com"
Other plants that are toxic to dogs and cats are Azaleas, which causes diarrhea, vomiting, and cardiovascular collapse.
The flower Kalanchoe, can cause diarrhea,vomiting, and heart problems and is a popular flower in landscaping.
Wisteria can cause vomiting and Elephant`s Ear can cause oral-irritation.
The associate professor of toxicology at the University of Florida, David Barber, says be extremely cautious of Zamia and the Sago Palm Tree. These plants can cause liver damage. Barber states " Every year there are quite a number of dogs that chew on them. It`s basically only takes one seed, they crack it and chew on it, that`s enough to cause liver failure!" He also commented " Just be aware that they could cause problems and try to prevent pets from ingesting them."
If you have a dog that goes in the backyard, plant them ( potentially dangerous plants) in the front yard.
Don`t wait if you think your pet has ingested something harmful, Even if it`s on a weekend or night, you don`t want to wait till the next day to have treatment. Don`t wait for symptoms to show up. With treatment, some things are savable.