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Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs

Level of toxicity: Generally mild to moderate

Common signs to watch for:

  • Ulceration or blistering of the mouth/esophagus/stomach
  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Coma
  • Death

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There are numerous types of Daphne, which range in toxicity. This common hedge and shrub is found throughout North America. The toxins, diterpenes, are found in the bark, leaves and fruit and are similar to the toxins found in the Euphorbiaceae family. When ingested, clinical signs of ulceration or blistering of the mouth, esophagus, and stomach can be seen. Other signs of drooling, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, coma, and death can also be seen when consumed. These fruits have a very bitter taste which often deters large ingestions. This plant is also toxic to farm animals.

Poison type: Plants

Alternate names: Spurge laurel, Dwarf Bay, Flax olive, Lady Laural, Olive spurge, Paradise Plant, Spurge Flax, Wild Pepper, Winter Daphne