Mountainview Animal Hospital

Toxic Food and Plants

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Toxic Food:

Just because we eat it, does not mean our pets can.

  • Bones
  • Greasy poultry skin
  • Gravies and sauces
  • Alcohol
  • Almonds
  • Apricot
  • Caffeine
  • Cherry
  • Chocolate
  • Choke cherry (unripe berries)
  • Elderberry (unripe berries)
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Onions
  • Peaches
  • Potato leaves and stems
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Tomato leaves and stems

Toxic plants:

Keep your pets out of the vegetable and flower patches

  • Amaryllis bulb
  • Anthurium
  • Autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
  • Azalea (entire rhododendron family)
  • Begonia
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Bittersweet
  • Bleeding heart
  • Boxwood
  • Bracken fern
  • Buckeye
  • Buttercup (Ranunculus)
  • Caladium
  • Calla lily
  • Castor bean
  • Chinese sacred or Heavenly Bamboo
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Clematis
  • Crocus bulb
  • Croton (Codiaeum sp.)
  • Cyclamen bulb
  • Delphinium, larkspur, monkshood
  • Dumb cane (Dieffenbachia)
  • English ivy (all Hedera species of ivy)
  • Fig (Ficus)
  • Four-o’clock (Mirabilis)
  • Foxglove (Digitalis)
  • Hyacinth bulbs
  • Hydrangea
  • Holly berries
  • Iris corms
  • Jack-in–the-pulpit
  • Jimson weed
  • Kalanchoe
  • Lantana
  • Lily (bulbs of most species)
  • Lily-of-the-valley
  • Lupine species
  • Marijuana or hemp (Cannabis)
  • Milkweed
  • Mistletoe berries
  • Morning glory
  • Mountain laurel
  • Narcissus, daffodil (Narcissus)
  • Oleander
  • Pencil cactus/plant (Euphorbia sp.)
  • Philodendron (all species)
  • Poinsettia
  • Potato leaves and stems
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Rosary pea (Arbus sp.)
  • Scheffelera (umbrella plant)
  • Shamrock (Oxalis sp.)
  • Spurge (Erphorbia sp.)
  • Tomato leaves and stems
  • Yew

Reference: American Animal Hospital Association 1997

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FUNFACT:

Cats can learn tricks. They just sometimes choose not to. Cats can be trained to use a toilet, come when called, sit when told, heel, jump through a hoop, eat with their paws, roll over, fetch and many other small tricks. It just takes a heck of a lot of patience.