Is Choke Cherry Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?

Choke Cherry

The Choke Cherry is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, excessive panting, vomiting, shock and red mucous membranes in the mouth.

Choke Cherry is a species of bird cherry native to North America. It is a suckering shrub or small tree growing to 1- 6 m tall. It is commonly called western chokecherry and Virginia bird cherry.  It is somehow  related to the black cherry of eastern North America. Choke cherries are very high in antioxidant pigment compounds.

The scientific name for this plant is Prunus virginiana. Additional name for this plant include Common Choke Cherry, Eastern Chokecherry, Red Choke Cherry and Red Chokecherry.

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