Kalmia latifolia, sheep kill, laurel, angustifolia
Toxicity to pets
Mountain Laurel and Sheep Laurel (K. angustifolia) are part of the Ericaceae family. This plant is also called “Sheepkill” (emphasizing just how toxic it is to grazing animals also), and is commonly found in pastures and clearings. Certain types of laurel contain diterpenoids (grayanotoxins). Ingestion will disrupt sodium channels affecting the skeletal and cardiac muscle producing vomiting, excessive drooling, diarrhea, arrhythmias, tremors, coma, and death.
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.