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March 04, 2024

Top 10 NC plants poisonous to pets listed

Tulips and hyacinths are grown from bulbs and toxic to dogs and cats. These two plants and their bulbs are moderately irritating to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, with the bulbs being the most irritating. Dogs are at a slightly greater risk of exposure as they may eat multiple bulbs or dig up freshly planted bulbs in the yard. Ingestion causes vomiting, salivation from oral irritation, and diarrhea. Skin irritation can occur, but it is relatively uncommon. Bulbs can also create a blockage of the intestinal tract. (Source:

Whether you’re an avid gardener or mostly enjoy the flowers on walks with your dog, it’s important to understand that certain plants can be poisonous to dogs and cats. Knowing which plants in and around your home could potentially harm your pets is a critical part of keeping them healthy and safe. Once you do, it’s easy to find petsafe alternatives for a dogfriendly garden or indoor space.

Rover, an online database of poisonous plants for dogs and cats, has partnered with Pet Poison Helpline, who gets upwards of 2,800 calls per year about plant-related illness. Their combined efforts have released a list of the Top 10 most common poisonous plants as ranked by poison helpline calls, according to Dakota Mackey, of Rover.

“This database has been a long-time coming. We’ve collected images and other helpful data, plus partnered with an authority on this subject to confirm common symptoms for people to watch out for. We’re hoping to provide a place for pet owners to consult when they’re deciding building a garden or decorating their home. There are some really common plants like pathos on the list,” Mackey stated.

The Top 10 list of North Carolina plants poisonous to pets, ranked by poison helpline calls, is as follows:

#1 Lilium species (nonspecific).
#2 Sago/Cycad palm, Cardboard palm, Coontie plant (Cycas or Zamia species).
# 3 Azaleas (Rhododendron species).
#4 Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum species).
#5 Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla).
#6 Daffodil (Narcissus species).
#7 Pathos/Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum).
#8 Tulips (Tulipa species).
#9 Elephant’s ear (Alocasia and Xanthosoma species).
#10 Lantana species.

You can find the entire plant list online at https://

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