Six Common Southwestern Plants that are Toxic to Pets

01/09/17 at 10:21 AM | Published Under Pet Care by Quaker Pet Group

Dogs are known to chew on and eat most 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 ingestion of sago palms include: vomiting, bloody feces, diarrhea, seizures, liver failure.

Bird of Paradise Flower (Fruit and seeds)

Additional Common Names: Crane Flower, Bird's Tongue Flower

Symptoms seen with ingestion of Bird of Paradise Flower include: Oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty swallowing and incoordination

California Ivy

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

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

Chinese Jade

Additional Common Names: Silver Jade Plant, Silver Dollar

Clinical Signs: Nausea, vomitting


Additional Common Names: Many cultivars

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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:


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