Is Buckwheat Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?


The Buckwheat is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include burning feeling, excessive itching, skin rashes, temperature sensitivity and ulcerations.

Buckwheat, despite its name, does not relate to wheat since it is not a grass. It is however related to knotweed, rhubarb and sorrel. It resembles the much larger seeds of the beech nut from the beech tree, It is domesticated and first cultivated in inland Southeast Asia, and mainly grown for its grain-like seeds by which its culinary use is the same as cereals.

The scientific name for this plant is Fagopyrum spp.. Additional name for this plant include Alforfón, Blé Noir, Buchweizen, Common Buckwheat, Fagopyrum esculentum, Fagopyrum sagittatum, Fagopyrum tataricum, Fagopyrum vulgare, Grano Turco, Polygonum tataricum, Sarrasin, Sarrasin Commun, Silverhull Buckwheat and Trigo Sarraceno.

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