Yucca Plant and Your Pets

Yucca Plant and Your Pets

The Animal Poisons Helpline is often contacted about pets that chew on or ingest leaves from plants in the Yucca genus. These perennial shrubs have sword shaped leaves and white flowers that are typically held on strong stems above the foliage. There are over 40 species of yucca and due to their hardy low maintenance nature, they can often be found growing in gardens throughout Australia and New Zealand.

When ingested by companion animals, gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting, diarrhoea, drooling and reduced appetite may occur. Some species of yucca have sharp leaf margins and/or terminal spines which can potentially result in injury to the mouth and gastrointestinal tract when chewed on or ingested. There are also reports of liver disease in cattle and horses that regularly graze on some species of yucca, however this has not been reported in dogs and cats.

If your pet has ingested something they should not have, please phone the Animal Poisons Helpline for advice. The Animal Poisons Helpline provides free advice to pet owners in Australia and New Zealand and can be reached on 1300 869 738 (AU) or 0800 869 738 (NZ).

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