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Have you started planting your garden yet? This month is the perfect month for it! The back portion of my backyard gets sun most of the day and it’s finally clear after years of trying to get rid of wildflowers. I figured this year was the year! I’ve planted lettuce, spinach, brussel sprouts, snap peas, roma tomatoes, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, raspberries, strawberries, and tons of herbs! Phew! I’m pretty excited! Before I planted all of these, I took a look at the ASPCA Poison Control site, to make sure none of these were toxic, in case my dogs got into them. While looking at the list, I realized there are quite a few flowers that are toxic to animals. I made a list of some of the popular flowers and their side effects for you, just in case.

Before I jump into that chart… Bulldog Bash was a success! We had such a good time! I loved hanging out with the puppies again at the kissing booth. There was a little bit of rain but the cool weather was a great way to keep all the bulldogs nice and cool instead of overheated.

Our next event is the Annual Petacular Photo Contest! We are accepting photos from June 1- June 30. The photos must be larger then 8 x 10, in matte format and in a frame. After all submissions are in, everyone votes on their top 2 which results in the top 16. Keep in mind, people tend to vote for the funny and creative pictures! All 16 of those will be placed in the lobby for everyone to see for the next year. From the top 16, the Drs choose the winners. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place photos will win prizes! Winners will be announced on July 9th.

Now, back to those toxic flowers…

Flower/ Plant

Affected Pet

Symptoms

Autumn Crocus Cats and Dogs Bloody vomiting, diarrhea, shock, multi-organ damage, bone marrow suppression
Azalea Cats and Dogs Vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, cardiac failure
Calla Lily Cats and Dogs Intense burning and irritation of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty swallowing
Cyclamen Cats and Dogs Salivation, vomiting, diarrhea. If a lot ingested- heart rhythm abnormalities, seizures, death
Daffodil Cats and Dogs Vomiting, salivation, diarrhea, low blood pressure, tremors and cardiac arrhythmias.
Day Lily Cats Vomiting, inappetence, lethargy, kidney failure, death.
Easter Lily Cats Vomiting, inappetence, lethargy, kidney failure, and death is possible.
Elephant Ear Cats and Dogs Oral irritation, pain and swelling of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty swallowing
Foxglove Cats and Dogs Cardiac arrhythmias, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, cardiac failure, death.
Holly Cats and Dogs Vomiting, diarrhea and depression.
Iris Cats and Dogs Salivation, vomiting, drooling, lethargy, diarrhea
Japanese Pieros Cats and Dogs Vomiting, diarrhea, depression, hypersalivation, weakness, coma, low blood pressure, cardiovascular collapse and death.
Lily of the Valley Cats and Dogs Vomiting, irregular heart beat, low blood pressure, disorientation, coma, seizures
Oleander Cats and Dogs Drooling, abdominal pain, diarrhea, depression, death
Poinsetta Cats and Dogs Irritating to the mouth and stomach, sometimes causing vomiting, but generally over-rated in toxicity.
Rhododendron Cats and Dogs Vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, weakness, coma, hypotension, CNS depression, cardiovascular collapse and death.
Sago Palm Cats and Dogs Vomiting, melena, icterus, increased thirst, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, bruising, coagulopathy, liver damage, liver failure, death.
Tiger Lily Cats Vomiting, inappetence, lethargy, kidney failure, and death is possible.
Tulip Cats and Dogs Vomiting, depression, diarrhea, hypersalivation.
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow Cats and Dogs Tremors, seizures (for several days), diarrhea, vomiting, hypersalivation, lethargy, incoordination, coughing
Yew Cats and Dogs Sudden death from acute cardiac failure, early signs — muscular tremors, dyspnea, seizures in dogs

Now remember, some of these plants your pet needs to eat a large amount of in order to experience a toxicity. I would lean on the safe side and keep your pets as far away as possible. I would very highly advise you not to bring Lilies into your house if you have a cat. Even if you are sure that they are not a chewer, it’s not worth the risk.

If ever you are worried about a plant that your pet ate, check out the ASPCA’s website (https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants) for common plant toxicities. If you can’t find your answer there, give them a call!

ASPCA 888-426-4435 (there is a few for toxicity concerns)
Pet Poison Helpline 855-764-7661 (there is a few for toxicity concerns)

BluePearl Veterinary Specialist 616-284-5300
Animal Emergency Hospital 616-361-9911

As always, if you have any questions, let us know!

JP