Six Common Southwestern Plants that are Toxic to Pets

Dogs are known to chew on and eat almost anything they can fit in their mouth. Unfortunately, dogs sometimes ingest plants with toxic properties that can cause a range of symptoms from nausea and diarrhea to liver failure. If your dog is especially mischievous in the yard, it’s important to be aware of any potentially harmful plants that may be lurking in your yard. These six plants are very common features in yards across the Southwest that may pose a danger to your dog.

Sago Palm (roots and leaves)

Additional common names: coontie palms, cardboard palms, cycads, or zymias

Symptoms seen with the ingestion of sago palms include: vomiting, bloody feces, diarrhea, seizures, liver failure.

Bird of Paradise Flower (Fruit and seeds)

Additional common names: coontie palms, cardboard palms, cycads, or zymias

Symptoms seen with the ingestion of sago palms include: vomiting, bloody feces, diarrhea, seizures, liver failure.

California Ivy

Additional Common Names: Branching Ivy, Glacier Ivy, Needlepoint Ivy, Sweetheart Ivy, English Ivy

Symptoms seen with ingestion of California Ivy include: Vomiting, abdominal pain, excessive drooling, diarrhea.

Chinese Jade

Additional Common Names: Silver Jade Plant, Silver Dollar

Clinical Signs: Nausea, vomiting

Geranium

Additional Common Names: Many cultivars

Clinical Signs: Vomiting, dermatitis

Lantana

Additional Common Names: Shrub Verbena, Yellow Sage, Red Sage

Clinical Signs: Vomiting, diarrhea, labored breathing, weakness, potential liver failure.

For a more complete list of toxic plants, visit the ASPCA’s comprehensive list of Toxic Plants for Cats, Dogs, and Horses: More info.

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