Is Running Myrtle Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?

The Running Myrtle is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include coma, death, depression, diarrhea, hypotension, incoordination, low blood pressure, seizures, tremors and vomiting.

Running Myrtle is a herbaceous evergreen plant that is native and endemic to Madagascar. It is commonly grown as medicinal and ornamental plant. It could grow up to 1 meter tall with hairless broad leaves, flowers that are white to dark pink with a darker red center and fruit that is a pair of follicles. It is also considered to treat cancer since it is a source of the drugs vincristine and vinblastine. It belonged to the species of flowering plant in the family Apocynaceae.

The scientific name for this plant is Vinca rosea. Additional name for this plant include Greater Myrtle, Greater Periwinkle, Periwinkle, and Vinca.

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