What are the most poisonous plants for pets?
There are incompatibilities between certain domestic plants and the presence of pets that tend to ingest them despite our control. Therefore, it is useful to know which are the most poisonous plants for our animals.
Food poisoning is among the most common ailments in veterinary consultations. And is that many times the ignorance of the owners about the toxicity of certain plants can mean having the 'enemy' at home.
Although cats also ingest some sporadic leaf, dogs are the ones that most often They turn to certain plants to relieve their ailments , which is traditionally known as purging. However, their tendency to approach all 'grass' can lead to misunderstandings: it can cause them even serious injuries in case of the most poisonous plants.
The most poisonous plants of the domestic and public environment
- Aloe vera . In general, the plants included in the Aloe genus have a toxic sap, acíbar, recognizable by their yellowish color. Unlike aloe gel, with curative applications, the sap can cause skin or mucous membrane irritation, gastrointestinal disorders or even cardiac arrhythmias.
- Anthurium or flamingo flower . It is one of the most poisonous plants because it contains calcium oxalate in both the flower and the stem. Its danger is accentuated due to its attractiveness, especially for cats. It stands out for producing facial swelling, paralysis of the tongue, as well as vomiting and malaise.
- Bulbs of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths . Due to their peculiar morphology, bulbs arranged in containers with water, or even buried, may be susceptible to small bites capable of causing gastroenteritis or contact dermatitis. Those responsible for these conditions are certain toxins, among which alkaloids liquorine and galantamine stand out.
- Cala . Like the anthurium, it produces calcium oxalate, especially in flowers, so its most frequent affections occur at the level of the digestive system, in addition to producing facial swelling and paralysis of the tongue.
- Adam's Rib . Frequent plant in houses and offices characterized by its toxicity, especially in its large coriaceous leaves. It causes irritation of mucous membranes, excessive salivation, itching and facial swelling.
- Poinsettia . It produces a latex capable of generating contact dermatitis accompanied by pruritus and edema, in addition to various gastrointestinal disorders.
- Lilies or lilies . Practically all species and varieties belonging to the genus Lilium are highly toxic at the level of leaves, flowers or even pollen. Although they can cause relatively mild gastrointestinal problems in dogs, they pose a real threat to cats. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned about the instantaneous acute renal failure caused by its intake.
- Ivy . It produces allergic reactions with mucosal irritation, pruritus or even respiratory failure in the most severe cases. The symptoms generated by this type of plants are usually common due to their frequency in gardens and parks.
- Blackberry grass .Among the most common symptoms are vomiting, dilation of pupils and general weakness of the animal.
The list of dangerous plants for our pets is practically endless , especially because it depends not only on the herbaceous species, but also on the animal in question.
As a general rule, all those that secrete latex, have ornamental flowers or fruits similar to berries, without forgetting the cacti, they are a sign of risk. Therefore, the best advice is to find out before buying any indoor plant and monitor our pet in parks and gardens.