American Bittersweet

American Bittersweet

plants

Alternate names

Celastrus scandens, Bittersweet, False Bittersweet, Climbing Bittersweet, Shrubby Bittersweet, Waxwork, European Bittersweet

Toxicity to pets

The American Bittersweet, also known as Bittersweet, False Bittersweet, Climbing Bittersweet, Shrubby Bittersweet, and Waxwork, is a deciduous plant that produces bunches of brightly colored small fruit; these may be attractive to dogs, cats and children. The toxin in this plant has not been well established but some of the Celastrus species contain alkaloids that can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs and cats. With large ingestions, it may cause central nervous system signs (e.g., weakness, seizures).

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The content of this page is not veterinary advice. A number of factors (amount of substance ingested, size of the animal, allergies, etc.) determine what is toxic to a particular pet. If you think your pet has eaten something potentially toxic, call Pet Poison Helpline or seek immediate veterinary treatment.