Brunfelsia Is Highly Toxic

Brunfelsia Is Highly Toxic

Did you know that Brunfelsia, commonly known as yesterday-today-and-tomorrow, is a highly poisonous plant? Some species in this genus contain several toxins that are known to result in neurological and cardiovascular effects.

All parts of the plant should be considered highly poisonous, especially the berries. Dogs seem to be particularly attracted to the berries and flowers; however, poisoning has also been reported in cats, birds and cattle that have ingested this plant. Brunfelsia is starting to flower now, and fruiting will occur from late summer into early winter.

Early signs of poisoning in dogs and cats include drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea (may contain berries and other plant material) and coughing or sneezing episodes. These symptoms can then be followed by agitation, difficulty walking, tremors, and seizures. Changes to the blood pressure and heart rate may also occur. These signs are generally seen within a couple of hours of ingestion, however in some cases may be much more delayed.

It is best to keep dogs well away from these plants. When pruning them, be mindful that pets do not get access to the cuttings. Any ingestion of this plant should be considered life-threatening and expert advice sought.

☎ If your pet has chewed on or ingested any part of a Brunfelsia plant, please contact the Animal Poisons Helpline on 1300 869 738 (AU)
or 0800 869 738 (NZ) for immediate advice, even if your pet looks well.

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