Is St. John’s Wort Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?

St. John’s Wort

The St. John’s Wort is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include blistering, boils, depression, drooling, open sores and weakness.

St John’s-wort  is a flowering plant in the family Hypericaceae. Its medicinal purpose for possible antidepressant activity is still debated although it has high-quality clinical evidence. The main phytochemical components of St John’s wort are hyperforin and hypericin which is poisonous to livestock. Clinical test demonstrated that H. perforatum extracts are more effective than placebo in the acute treatment of depressive disorders however US US Food and Drug Administration approved the u no H. perforatum drug.

The scientific name for this plant is Hypericum perforatum. Additional name for this plant include Common St John’s Wort, PKlamath Weed and Perforate St John’s Wort.

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