Pictured: Poppies

Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs

Level of toxicity: Generally mild to moderate, depending on the amount ingested

Common signs to watch for:

  • Inappetance
  • Sedation
  • Walking drunk
  • Coma
  • Slowed breathing
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Pinpoint pupils (dogs)
  • Dilated pupils (cats)

Even Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz was poisoned by poppies. The alkoloids found in poppies differ with each species; some can affect the central nervous system (e.g., brain). Ingestion of any part of the plant can result in sedation or an excited (e.g., euphoric) state. Clinical signs of poppy or opioid poisoning include inappetance, crying, pinpoint pupils (dogs), dilated pupils (cats), or staring off into space.

Poison type: plants

Alternate names: Papaver, opium, opioids, opoids