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Common Plants That Are Poisonous for Pets

Protecting your pet is an important part of pet care. One of the most important concerns is poisoning from plants. It is common for pet owners to be unaware of the risk that certain plants may have for pets. As a pet owner, it is essential to be aware of the plants that pose a risk to your pet. Our team at Ferreira Animal Hospital in Miami has gathered a list of a few plants to look out for that could harm your furry friend.


Hydrangeas have a high concentration of toxic substances in both the leaves and the flowers. Pets that ingest hydrangea plants may experience gastrointestinal issues, including diarrhea and vomiting as well as lethargy. If you suspect your pet has ingested a hydrangea plant it is essential to take your pet to the animal hospital for an exam immediately.

Sage Palm

Sage palm is commonly used as an ornamental shrub in warm zones and it is thought to be one of the most poisonous plants for pets, especially dogs. The entire plant is toxic for pets, but the seeds are especially toxic. Pets that ingest only a few seeds may experience acute liver failure. The symptoms of ingesting a sage palm or its seeds include diarrhea, vomiting, decreased appetite, bloody stool, and nosebleeds. If your pet ingests sage palm, do not induce vomiting and take it to an animal hospital immediately.

Azalea and Rhododendron

These plants are commonly used in landscaping and are also found in the wild. The whole plant is extremely dangerous for pets. Ingesting only a few leaves may lead to serious issues such as paralysis, shock coma, and even death.

Get Help for Your Pet in Miami, FL

If you have questions or concerns about plant poisoning, our veterinarian at Ferreira Animal Hospital is happy to help. We can also assist with illness, injuries, and routine pet exams. Call our team today at (786) 275-4629 to speak with Dr. Ferreira.