The summer months bring warmer weather and a host of flowers and plants that can be toxic to pets. The most dangerous summertime plants for cats and dogs during June through August include:

Autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
Azalea/rhododendron (Rhododendron species)
Castor bean (Ricinus communis)
Foxglove (Digitalis species)
Lilies (Lililum species) – cats only
Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)
Oleander (Nerium oleander)
Sago palms (Cycads, Macrozamia, and Zamias)
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Brunfelsia species)
Yew (Taxus species)

With more states legalizing marijuana, there have been increases in the number of marijuana ingestion cases seen around the U.S., making it critically important to educate pet owners on marijuana toxicity.

Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC – the most potent psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana – can be absorbed both orally and through inhalation. Symptoms can show in as little as 5 minutes and include depression, lethargy, pupil dilation, slow heart rate, hypothermia, and leaking urine. While uncommon, seizures and coma can also occur.

Household products can be harmful year-round, and items such as rodenticide, cleaners and human medications should always be kept away from pets. For all cases of accidental poisoning, early recognition and treatment are critical to a successful outcome.

If you think your pet has encountered a toxic plant or household cleanser, give us a call at 972-867-8800 ext. 1 and we will be happy to help.