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Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs

Level of toxicity: Generally moderate to severe

Common signs to watch for:

  • Vomiting
  • Abnormal heart rate
  • Abnormal respiratory rate
  • Overstimulation
  • Incoordination
  • Agitation
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Inappropriate urination/defecation
  • Paralysis
  • Collapse
  • Death

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There are over 60 species of Nicotiana. All of these plants contain pyridine and piperidine alkaloids, one being nicotine. Exposure causes initial low heart and respiratory rates which then change to overstimulation, uncontrolled urination/defecation, tremors, seizures, paralysis and death.

Poison type: Plants

Alternate names: Nicotiana, cigarette, cigar, nicotene, Nicorette, bidi cigar