Top Ten Toxic and Nontoxic Household Plants

Chapter 28

Top Ten Toxic and Nontoxic Household Plants

Dogs and cats often eat lawn grass and then vomit, but otherwise they are not considered sick. Similarly, there are other house and yard plants that if ingested may or may not cause a pet to vomit but do not typically induce serious adverse effects. Many veterinary practitioners handle calls about these plants and manage the situation by having the owner observe the animal at home. In most cases, if the pet is interested in eating at its next normal feeding time, follow-up medical care is not needed.

However, other common house and yard plants contain potentially toxic agents; if a pet eats any of these, it may require medical management and closer observation. This chapter lists the “top 10” nontoxic and toxic plants encountered by veterinary toxicologists in the United States with the hope that the information provided will be of practical use to the clinician or technical staff dealing with a concerned owner about a potential intoxication.

Nontoxic Plants

Using the popular “top 10” approach, Box 28-1 lists in alphabetical order (by common name) plants for which no reference to toxicity in dogs or cats has been found.

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Jul 18, 2016 | Posted by in PHARMACOLOGY, TOXICOLOGY & THERAPEUTICS | Comments Off on Top Ten Toxic and Nontoxic Household Plants

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