My Pet Ate Oleander

My Pet Ate Oleander

Oleander (Nerium oleander) is a common poisonous shrub that grows throughout Australia and the north island of New Zealand. It is often used as a landscaping plant because it tolerates dry conditions well and has attractive flowers in a range of colours.

All parts of the plant including the leaves, flowers, and seeds contain toxic compounds known as cardiac glycosides. When ingested, these toxins effect the electrical activity in the heart which can be life-threatening.

Whilst oleander is not particularly palatable, the Helpline has received calls about dogs being severely poisoned after ingesting oleander plant material. A wide range of other animals including cats, horses, cattle, sheep, goats, llamas and birds have also been poisoned from eating this plant.

Early signs of poisoning can include drooling, refusal to eat or drink, vomiting and diarrhoea. As the poisoning progresses, animals may become weak, lethargic, and unsteady on their feet.

☎ If you think your pet has ingested oleander, please call us immediately on 1300 869 738 (AU) or 0800 869 738 (NZ), even if they look completely well.

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