Buckeye

Buckeye

Plants

Scientific name

Aesculus sp

Alternate names

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:

  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • lethargy
  • bowel obstruction
  • ataxia
  • agitation
  • tremors
  • muscle stiffness
  • seizures
  • colic
Buckeye

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Dogs

Toxicity Level

Moderate

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Cats

Toxicity Level

Moderate

Cows

Toxicity Level

Severe

Horses

Toxicity Level

Severe

Disclaimer

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.