Is Mistletoe “American” Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?

Mistletoe "American"

The Mistletoe “American” is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, erratic behaviour, low blood pressure, low heart rate and vomiting.

The Mistletoe “American” is native to Mexico and the south eastern half of the US. This shrub is a species of mistletoe in the Viscaceae family and can grow 1 meter by 1 meter. Mistletoe “American” is not good for humans. It can slow pulse, lower your blood pressure, and can cause stomach and intestinal irritation with diarrhea. Despite its danger, it is a favorite food to some birds.

The scientific name for this plant is Phoradendron flavescens. Additional name for this plant include Eastern Mistletoe, Hairy Mistletoe, Oak Mistletoe and Mistletoe.

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