20 Most Harmful Plants for Pets

A lot of plants that you grow in your yard or garden are harmless, but some can cause serious health problems for your dog or cat. Avoid exposing your pets to these 20 plants, and if they happen to be exposed, familiarize yourself with the symptoms so you can treat your pet as quickly and accurately as possible.

Elephant Ear

Even though it’s a major food source in Asia, it’s actually extremely dangerous for cats and dogs. Known as Elephant Ear, or Colocasia and Taro, this plant has the same toxins found in rhubarb and Dieffenbachia leaves. For humans, touching the raw leaves or stems can cause skin irritation and itching for several hours. If the sap gets in your eyes, it could cause a burning and stinging sensation for several hours.

If your pet ingests the leaves, they’ll experience a gambit of horrible symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms are diarrhea, nausea, trouble swallowing, and vomiting. More serious symptoms include burning in the mouth and the swelling of the tongue, lips, and eyes. If your pets ingest this dangerous plant, contact your vet right away. To easily spot Elephant Ear plants, look for a large, arrow shape leaf that looks like the ear of an elephant (hence the name).

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