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Kicking off Pet First Aid Awareness Early!

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April will be here soon so we are getting a jump start on educating our readers about Pet First Aid Awareness Month! 

With so many wonderful Easter, house, vase arrangements and yard flowers sprouting up we'd like to focus this week on plants that can be dangerous to cats and kittens. 
Spring is known as "kitten season" and we want you to be well prepared before adopting a new kitten and to make sure there are none of the following poisonous plants around before bringing an adopted cat or kitten home! 
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Cats and kittens love to chew on grass and almost any plants they find too! Unfortunately some of these plants are dangerous! Some plants only cause mild symptoms, including diarrhea and vomiting, but others can cause organ failure and even death. 
We hope feline owners will read the following list of plants to make sure that they don't have any of them in the house or yard! Even stray cats that live outside should be protected! 
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It would be smart to know the name of your house and outdoor plants so that you can be sure they are pet friendly. 
Remember that some plants have different common names depending on the area of the country in which you live. If you see a plant that you just have to have, you might want to google it's name and make sure it's pet friendly first!

If you suspect your pet has chewed on or eaten one a poisonous plant or flower, please contact the poison control center for advice. 

The ASPCA National Animal Control Center hotline number is: 
There is a $65 case fee that will be billed to your credit card. 

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Not interested in eating or drinking
  • Seizures
If your cat or kitten is already showing signs and you've found the plant that has been eaten, don't waste any time! Transport your pet to the nearest Animal Emergency Hospital!
Remember To:
  • Know the location of the nearest pet emergency clinic and the estimated time of arrival from your home.
  • Use the quickest route.
  • Call the emergency clinic while in your car (If this can be done safely) and inform the emergency clinic in a calm, slow voice, what your emergency is, your estimated time of arrival, and give them your name and cell phone number. 

The following are some poisonous plants you may not even know you have!

· Aloe Vera

· Amaryllis

· Apple Seeds

· Apricot Pits

· Asparagus Fern (a popular one in many yards!)



Poisonous plants and flowers:

· Azalea

· Bird of Paradise

· Begonia

· Black Lotus

· Bleeding Heart                                  

· Boston Ivy

· California Poppy

· Calla Lilly

· Cherry seeds, leaves and pits

· Chinese Evergreens

· Chives

· Christmas Rose

· Chrysanthemum

· Corn Plant

· Oak Tree Buds and Acorns

· Oleander

· Onions

· Peace Lily

· Peach Leaves and Pits

· Philodendron   

· Poinsettia

· Poison Ivy

· Poison Oak

· Poison Sumac

· Poppy

· Potato (all green parts)

· Rhododendron

· Rhubarb

· Ribbon Cactus

· Star of Bethlehem    

· Stinkweed

· Tomato Plant (entire plant except ripe fruit)

· Tobacco

· Umbrella Tree

· Weeping Gig

· Wisteria

· Yew

For a complete list of poisonous plants and flowers please visit:

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