Is Borage Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?

Borage

The Borage is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include dermatitis, diarrhea, excessive itching, fever, loss of appetite, and vomiting.

Borage contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are hepatotoxic, mutagenic and carcinogenic. It is an annual herb in the flowering plant family Boraginaceae. Its leaves are edible the seeds can be extracted for oil. This plant is native to the Mediterranean region and has naturalized in many other locales.

The scientific name for this plant is Borage officinalis. Additional names for this plant include Starflower, Bee Bush, Bee Bread, and Bugloss.

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