Armed and Dangerous in the Palm on your Land-Pretty Poisons Series

True Palms can cause illness and injury in pets. (cf “Sago-Palm: Fake but poisonous Palm post) Our most recent encounter with Palms and Pets was a tiny cat presented last month with a history of sudden onset aggression over the weekend. There was a small scab behind the cat’s front leg on its rib cage. […]

Read More

Pretty Poisons in the Yard Series: “Sago-Palm (Cycad)-A Deadly Beauty”

OPAL Score=6 (Male) Sago-Palm is a cycad, not a palm, but regardless of what its correct classification is, this plant is so DEADLY to pets and children, that in my view, its planting should not be promoted or encouraged by anyone regardless of how pretty it is.  Read below for more information. Cycads are not […]

Read More

Pretty Poisons In The Yard Series: Azalea

OPAL Score:3 The increased popularity of azalea plantings is due to the plant’s drought tolerance and also its promotion by asthma organisations as part of their low allergen garden plantings.  Thus like the Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow plant (YTT), the incidence of poisoning is likely to rise as we move towards modifying the environment to […]

Read More

Pretty Poisons in the Yard Series: Lillies.

Lily Intoxication in Cats Faculty of Veterinary Science and the PostGraduate Foundation in Veterinary Science, The University of Sydney, New South Wales, 2006 Joanna White and Richard Malik   By Jody Braddock, Lilies are becoming especially popular as a gift in the Sydney area, and the flowers that are sold are exceedingly toxic to cats. The key to […]

Read More