Is California Ivy Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?

California Ivy

The California Ivy is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include abdominal pain, choking, convulsions, diarrhea, dysphagia, hypersalivation and vomiting.

California Ivy is an evergreen vine that  generally thrives in a wide range of soil.  That is why it is very rampant in waste spaces, walls, trunk and even gardens.  It also likes darker and rough spaces and prefers moist locations. It belongs to the family Araliaceae and native to most of Europe and western Asia.

The scientific name for this plant is Hedera helix. Additional name for this plant include Branching Ivy, Common Ivy, English Ivy, European Ivy, Glacier Ivy, Ivy, Needlepoint Ivy and Sweetheart Ivy.

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