Pictured: Apricot

Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs

Level of toxicity: Generally mild to moderate

Common signs to watch for:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Inadequate oxygen levels
  • Bright red gums
  • Shock
  • Death

The seeds, leaves, and stems of the apricot tree contain cyanide. This toxin inhibits cytochrome oxidase, an enzyme necessary for cellular oxygen transport, preventing appropriate oxygen uptake by cells. When ingested in toxic amounts, clinical signs of dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, inadequate oxygen levels, bright red gums, shock, and death can be seen.

Poison type: foods

Alternate names: Prunus, Prunus armeniaca