Is Fetter Bush Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?

Fetter Bush

The Fetter Bush is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include abdominal pain, cardiovascular collapse, coma, death, depression, diarrhea, hypersalivation, low blood pressure, tremors, vomiting and weakness.

Fetter brush originated from the Americas, Asia and Madagascar. It is a genus of 50 species  in the family Ericaceae. This plant is either deciduous or evergreen depending on species. It grows to 1 – 3 m tall, with bell-shaped flowers occasionally pink or white.

The scientific name for this plant is Leucothoe spp. Additional name for this plant include Black Laurel, Doghobble, Dog Hobble, Dog Laurel, Drooping Leucothoe, Mountain Doghobble and Sierra Laurel.

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