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Poisonous Plants For Dogs

Just finished up doing some #webdesign work for one of my favorite clients Labrador Rescuers of San Diego. If you have a dog, or pet that likes to munch and sniff plants, this new page is very informative when it comes to helping you identify and avoid a costly trip to the vet!

Below is a quick guide to the most common poisonous plants. Perhaps the most commonly seen in San Diego are the Sago Palm and Pencil Cactus (Sticks of Fire). Both are highly toxic to your pet.


With its stiff fronds, the sago palm looks like a tiny palm tree and can live indoor or outdoor. “Sago palms are toxic to all pets and the symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, liver failure, and potentially death,” says Laura Stern, DVM, DABVT, director of client programs for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. And while the leaves and bark will harm your pup, “the seeds or ‘nuts’ contain the largest amount of toxins,” she claims.


The Euphorbiaceae family of plants has many branches that cause a toxic reaction when trimmed and the sap spills out, or in the case of pets, when the plant is bitten into. Most of the documentation available refers to human poisoning by pencil cactus, but the risk is indeed there if you have this plant in your garden within reach of a curious pet. Milky sap can be released from any part of the plant, resulting in symptoms like stomach pain upon ingestion or burning of the eyes if the exposure is of an ocular nature. Learn More

Definitely worth checking out the FULL LIST and page!


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