Spring Pet Toxins


Spring Pet Toxins.
Is your home safe for your pets? 



It is in mints, candy, vitamins, gum, Easter candy, and some desserts. Symptoms of xylitol poisoning are tremors, weakness, ataxia, vomiting, and seizures. 

Easter Treats & Food 

Easter basket grass can cause an intestinal blockage. Cake, buttery food, fried food, meats, gravy and raisins can cause an upset stomach or pancreatitis. 


Mulch has cocoa bean shells, pesticide, mycotoxin mold. Mulch can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors or seizures. 


All parts of Lily plants are toxic, and cause kidney failure and death. Symptoms include vomiting, seizures & cardiac arrhythmia. 


Azaleas have grayanotoxins that affect skeletal and cardiac muscles. Symptoms: drool, vomit, weakness, arrhythmias. 


The plant has an alkaloid called lycorine. Symptoms are vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, arrhythmia, and pain. 

Cocoa & Chocolate 

Light, dark & bakers chocolate have theobromine and caffeine which are toxic to cats and dogs. Symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate and restlessness. 


Onions, leeks, garlic, and chives, are toxic to pets. Symptoms are pain, lethargy, vomiting, drooling, increased cardiac rate and hemolytic anemia. 


Hydrangeas have cyanogenic glycoside that can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, or lethargy. 


Irises and bulbs cause skin irritation if eaten or handled. Any part of an Iris will cause drool, vomit, diarrhea, and lethargy. 

Hyacinths & Tulips 

Both have allergenic lactones. The most toxic part of the plant is the bulb. Look for fast heart rate, diarrhea, drooling, or vomiting. 

Fertilizers & Pesticides 

Both are toxic and can be fatal. They cause diarrhea, fast heart rate, drooling, or 

vomiting. Seek immediate veterinary advice. 

“Poisons.” Pet Poison Helpline, 2 Dec. 2022, https://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poisons/. 

The information contained in this articles is not a substitute for veterinary medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information provided in these tips  is for educational and informational purposes only.  Please seek veterinary care for emergencies.

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