Aesculus, Horse Chestnut, Hippocastanaceae
Toxicity to pets
The buckeye (Aesculus spp.), commonly called the Horse Chestnut, contains a variety of toxins in their leaves and seeds. Ingestion can cause gastrointestinal irritation (including drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea). Large ingestions may result incoordination (e.g., walking drunk), depression, excitement/agitation, muscle twitching and seizures.
Common signs to watch for:
- bowel obstruction
- muscle stiffness
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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.