Lily of the Valley
Lily of the Valley, though beautiful, is extremely poisonous when it comes to our dogs and cats. This plant creates havoc on the heart, disrupting the electrical activity and damaging the heart muscle. Both the fresh and dried form of this plant is dangerous, with the leaves, flowers, rhizome (part of the plant underground), and water in which the flowes are kept, all causing issues. Signs can be seen as quickly as 30 minutes after ingestion with as little as 1-2 parts of the plant or seeds being eaten. Common clinical signs include vomiting and diarrhea (+/- blood), drooling, irregular heart rate and rhythm, abdominal pain, decreased appetite,difficulty breathing, decreased body temperature, difficulty walking, abnormal pupil size, weakness, depression, tremors, and coma.If you suspect that your furry friend has been exposed to this plant in any way, please contact your veterinarian immediately.