Is European Holly Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?

European Holly

The European Holly is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include dehydration, depression, diarrhea, drowsiness, and vomiting.

European holly is an evergreen tree or shrub found, for example, in shady areas of forests of oak and in beech hedges which has a great capacity to adapt to different conditions and is a pioneer species that repopulates the margins of forests or clearcuts. It is regarded as the type species of the genus Ilex, which by association is also called “holly”. It is a species of holly native to western and southern Europe, northwest Africa, and southwest Asia. In the British Isles, it is one of very few native evergreen trees.

The scientific name for this plant is Ilex aquifolium. Additional names for this plant include American Holly, English Holly, European Holly, Inkberry, Oregon Holly, Prickly-Leaved Holly, Variagated Holly, and Winterberry.

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