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Burning Bush


Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs, Horses

Common signs to watch for:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weakness
  • Heart rhythm abnormalities (large doses)

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Burning bush was once widely used as folk medicine in the native American community. All parts of this shrub-like plant are toxic and dangerously purgative, with strong laxative effects. Cardiac glycosides have been found in Burning bush, increasing its toxic potency in animals and humans.

Currently this plant is on the Food and Drug Administration’s unsafe herb list and is not recommended for medicinal use.

Poison type: Plants

Scientific name: Euonymus alatus

Alternate names: wahoo, spindle tree