Burning Bush

Burning Bush

Plants

Scientific name

Euonymus alatus; evomonoside

Alternate names

Wahoo, Spindle tree

Toxicity to pets

Burning bush was once widely used as folk medicine in the native American community. All parts of this shrub-like plant are toxic and dangerously purgative, with strong laxative effects. Cardiac glycosides have been found in Burning bush, increasing its toxic potency in animals and humans. Cardiac effects are more likely in herbivores.

Currently this plant is on the Food and Drug Administration’s unsafe herb list and is not recommended for medicinal use.

Common signs to watch for:

  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • weakness
  • cardiac effects
  • seizures
  • coma

 

Burning Bush

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Dogs

Toxicity Level

Mild

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Cats

Toxicity Level

Mild

Cows

Toxicity Level

Moderate

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.