Is Lambkill Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?


The Lambkill is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include cardiac failure, dehydration, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, excessive salivation, low blood pressure, perspiration, vomiting, and weakness.

Lambkill is distributed in eastern North America from Ontario and Quebec south to Virginia. It grows commonly in dry habitats in the boreal forest, and may become dominant over large areas after fire or logging. Kalmia angustifolia, like many plant species of infertile habitats, has evergreen leaves and mycorrhizal associations with fungi. It is a flowering shrub in the family Ericaceae which is also found in drier area of peat bogs.

The scientific name for this plant is Kalmia augustifolia. Additional names for this plant include Dwarf Laurel, Sheep Laurel, and Wicky.

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