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Toxic Plants -Protecting your pet part 2

Protecting your pet in the garden

Young pets explore the garden with their mouths. Even older dogs will nibble on things and occasionally eat things they should not.

When buying plants it is worth checking if they are postentially harmful to pets.

Staff at a good garden centre or nursery should be able to tell you about the plant you want to buy.

When moving to a new house, it is worth identifying plants in the garden to see if they could cause harm.

Taxus baccata (Yew) has poisonous parts. The flesh surrounding the berry is the only part that is not toxic but the seed and the rest of the plant is toxic but your pet would likely not leave the seed and just eat the berry outer. During the winter, the toxin is stronger so a much smaller amount eaten will cause problems.


Taxus bacatta

Yew, Taxus Baccata, Taxaceaee, Aril, Berries, Seeds

Photo Credit Taxus baccata (Yew)

Taxus bacatta is toxic to most animals and humans. Symptoms of Yew poisining are vomitting, drooling, difficulty breathing, coma.

If you suspect your pet has eaten any part of Yew, even cuttings (as these remain poisonous after being cut from the plant), get your pet to a vet immediately.