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A moderate to severe poison, these plants include both azalea and rhododendrons, although the rhododendrons are more toxic.  All parts of these plants are toxic and affect skeletal and cardiac muscles.  As little as 0.2% of the animals weight is all it takes to poison an animal.  The toxins work on gastrointestinal, cardiovascular systems, and as a neurotoxin.  A vet should be contacted immediately if there is cause to believe ingestion has happened.  Symptoms can include:

  • Drooling
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Weakness
  • Depression
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Drop in Blood Pressure
  • Abnormal Heart Rate
  • Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Stupor
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Colic
  • Tremors
  • Leg Paralysis
  • Inability to Stand
  • Blindness
  • Seizures
  • Coma