Is Rosebay Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?


The Rosebay is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include acute digestive upset, cardiovascular collapse, colic, coma, death, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, excessive drooling, hyper salivation, hypotension, leg paralysis, loss of appetite, loss of coordination, recumbency, stupor, twitching, vomiting, weakness, and weak heart rate.

Rosebay is the largest genus in the family Ericaceae with 1,024 species of woody plants found mostly in Asia and throughout the highlands of North America. Most species have brightly colored flowers which bloom from late winter through to early summer. Rosebay are used as ornamental plants for landscaping.

The scientific name for this plant is Rhododendron spp. Additional names for this plant include Azalea, Chamerion Angustifolium, Oleander, and Rhododendron.

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