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Poisonous Plants That Harm Small Pets


Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
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In the wild, many small animals depend on plants for survival. The succulent leaves are often used for food, the sturdy branches to build nests, and the thin roots chewed to obtain water and nutrients. It is no wonder then that, once brought into our homes as pets, small animals may mistake our favorite houseplants for shelter or food. In some regards, a small pet brought into a home filled with beautiful foliage is like a child being given free reins in a candy store. There are a lot of new flavors to taste, scents to smell, and colors to explore. Unfortunately, many of the most popular plants, whether used for indoor decoration or outdoor landscaping, are potentially dangerous or deadly to small pets.

Though not all inclusive, the below list does contain many of the plants most frequently found in and around a person's home - whether native to the area or purchased from a retail store or greenhouse. Some of the following plants, such as oleander, are extremely toxic. Others may only cause a mild reaction. Regardless, it is best to remove any potentially dangerous plants from areas where your small pet could come into contact with them. If you have any doubt about the safety of plants you own, please contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

A - B C - D E - G H - J K - L M - N O - R S - Y

A - B

A
Air plant Aloe Amanita Amaryllis
American yew Andromeda Arum lily Asiatic lily
Autumn crocus Australian flame tree Avocado Azalea

B
Balsam pear Baneberry Bird of paradise Bishop's weed
Black laurel Black locust Bloodroot Bluebonnet
Blue-green algae Boxwood Bracken fern Broad beans
Broomcorn grass Buckeye Buckthorn Bulb flowers
Burdock Buttercup

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C - D

C
Cacao Caladium Calla lily Camel bush
Candelabra tree Cardinal Castor bean Chalice vine
Cherry tree Chinaberry tree Christmas candle Clematis
Cocklebur Coffee Coffee bean Coral plant
Coriander Corn cockle Cotton bush Coyotillo
Cowslip Crown of thorns Cutleaf

D
Daffodil Daphne Datura Day lily
Deadly amanita Death camus Delphinium Devil's ivy
Dieffenbachia Dutchman's breeches

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E - G

E
Easter lily Eggplant Elderberry Elephant's ear
English ivy English yew Ergot Eucalyptus
Euonymus

F
False hellebore False henbane Flame tree Felt plant
Firethorn Four o'clock Foxglove

G
Ghostweed Gladiolas Glottidium Golden chain
Golden cherry Golden pothos

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H - J

H
Heliotrope Hemlock Henbane Holly
Honeysuckle Horse bean Horse chestnut Horsetail
Hyacinth Hydrangea

I
Indian licorice Indian turnip Inkberry Iris

J
Jack-in-the-pulpit Java bean Jasmine Jerusalem cherry
Jimsonweed Johnson grass Juniper

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K - L

K
Kentucky coffee tree Kalanchoe

L
Lantana Larkspur Laurel Leucotho
Lily-of-the-valley Lima bean Lobelia Locoweed
Lords and ladies Lupine

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M - N

M
Macadamia nut Malanga Mandrake Marijuana
Maternity plant Mayapple Meadow saffron Mescal bean
Mexican breadfruit Mexican poppy Milk vetch Milkweed
Mistletoe Mock orange Monkshood Moonseed
Morning glory Mountain laurel Mushrooms

N
Narcissus Navy bean Nettles Nightshade

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O - R

O
Oak Oleander

P
Panda plant Parsley Peires Pencil tree
Periwinkle Philodendrons Pigweed Pikeweed
Poinciana Poinsettia Poison ivy Poison oak
Pokeweed Potato Precatory Privet
Pyracantha

R
Rain tree Ranunculus Rape Rattlebox
Rattlebush Red maple Rhubarb Rhododendrons
Rosary peas

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S - Y

S
Sago palm Sandbox tree Scarlet runner Skunk cabbage
Snowdrop Snow on the mountain Sorghum grass Sorrel
Spindle tree Spurges Sudan grass Sweet pea

T
Tansy ragwort Tobacco Tomato plant Thornapple
Tulip

V
Vetch Virginia bower Virginia creeper

W
Wattle White cedar Wisteria

Y
Yam bean Yews Yello jasmine Yucca

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