Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley

plants

Alternate names

Convallaria, lily

Toxicity to pets

The Convallaria majalis plant contains cardiac glycosides which will cause symptoms similar to Foxglove (digitalis) ingestion. This type of lily is different than true lily species (e.g., Asiatic, Japanese show, Oriental, day, Easter, etc.), and does not result in acute kidney failure. However, lily of the valley is still very poisonous and must be treated aggressively! When dogs or cats ingest lily of the valley, severe clinical signs can be seen, including vomiting, diarrhea, a drop in heart rate, severe cardiac arrhythmias, and possibly seizures.

Pets with any known exposure to this plant should be examined and evaluated by a veterinarian and treated symptomatically. If you suspect that your dog or cat ingested lily of the valley, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline immediately for treatment recommendations.

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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.