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Severity scale:
ER

This toxin is considered to be a very high risk and your pet should be evaluated as an emergency at your nearest veterinary hospital. You may want to contact whiskerDocs or the hospital if your pet has recently ingested this toxin to see if there are additional steps you need to take before leaving home.

Notoriously poisonous to all species, the species of the deadly Nightshade plant, Atropa, is named after 1 of the 3 fates of Greek mythology.  Oddly enough, the Nightshade is a perennial herb in the tomato family native to Europe, northern Africa and Western Asia.  Nightshade has been used in pharmaceuticals, alternative medicine, recreational use, cosmetics (some cultures use the pupil dilation effects as a beauty regime) and as a poison.  Nightshades are branching plants growing up to 6 1/2 feet tall, and are most noted for their sweet tasting, shiny black poisonous berries.

Other names: 
Atropa belladonna, Belladonna, Deadly Nightshade
Toxic to: 
Dogs and Cats
Part of plant: 
All
Symptoms: 
Depression, hypersalivation, diarrhea, increased heart rate, dilated pupils, weakness, dry mucous membranes, constipation, respiratory failure, hallucinations, behavior changes
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