Hosta

Hosta

Plants

Scientific name

Hosta

Alternate names

Plantain lily

Toxicity to pets

Hosta is a common outdoor ornamental plant. Hostas contain saponins, bitter tasting phytochemicals that lead to gastrointestinal distress following ingestion. Vomiting and diarrhea are common clinical signs, but lethargy and anorexia may also occur. Veterinary treatment is not necessary for pets with mild signs that resolve rapidly. Do seek veterinary intervention for pets with more severe signs (blood in stool) or persistent signs (multiple bouts of vomiting, loss of appetite > 1 day).

Common signs to watch for:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Anorexia
  • Lethargy

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Toxicity Level

Mild

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Toxicity Level

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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.