Is English Yew Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?

English Yew

The English Yew is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include death, difficulty breathing, dilated pupils, drooling, dyspnea, muscular tremors, tremors and vomiting.

English yew is an evergreen tree mainly cultivated as ornamental plant. This however is considered poisonous and consumption of the leaves can result in death. They are native to western, central and southern Europe, northwest Africa, northern Iran and southwest Asia. They tree could grow up up 28 meters with thin scaly brown trunks coming off in small flakes

The scientific name for this plant is Taxus baccata. Additional name for this plant include Anglo-Japanese Yew, Common Yew, Japanese Yew, Pacific Yew, Spreading Yew and Western Yew.

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