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Branching Ivy

Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs

Common signs to watch for:

  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Hypersalivation
  • Diarrhea
  • Burning sensation in throat/mouth
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Hoarse or weak vocalization
  • Excessive thirst
  • Gastrointestinal upset
  • Hypotension
  • Loss of coordination
  • Convulsions

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Branching ivy, also known as English ivy, is a long, woody, vine that grows on structures such as fences, walls, and trees. When it reaches the stage of growing on hosts such as those structures, its goes from growing leaves to producing small flowers. Similar to its more well known ivy family member poison ivy, this type of ivy is also toxic to the skin. Branching ivy’s toxicity is derived from triterpenoid saponins among other toxins including caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, and emetine.

Poison type: Plants

Scientific name: Hedera helix

Alternate names: english ivy, glacier ivy, needlepoint ivy, sweetheart ivy, california ivy