Papaver, opium, opioids, opoids
Toxicity to pets
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.
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.