Is Azalea Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?


The Azalea is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include acute digestive upset, cardiovascular collapse, colic, coma, death, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, excessive drooling, hypersalivation, hypotension, leg paralysis, loss of appetite, loss of coordination, recumbency, stupor, twitching, vomiting, weakness, and weak heart rate.

Azalea is the largest genus of woody plants in the family Ericaceae. They are found mainly in Asia. Most species have brightly colored flowers. Some of the best known species are noted for their many clusters of large flowers. Azalea are cultivated and used mostly as ornamental plants for landscaping.

The scientific name for this plant is Rhododendron spp. Additional name for this plant include Chamerion Angustifolium, Oleander, Rosebay, and Rhododendron.

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