Is Western Yew Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?

Western Yew

The Western Yew is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include death, difficulty breathing, dilated pupils, drooling, dyspnea, muscular tremors, tremors and vomiting.

Pacific yew is an evergreen tree in the family or Taxaceae. This tree could grow up to 15 meters tall but as it grows slowly, it rots inside creating hollow forms. The scaly brown barks are covered with a thin layer of white sap wood and the leaves are flart, lanceolate and dark green. They are native to Pacific Northwest of North America.

The scientific name for this plant is Taxus brevifolia. Additional name for this plant include Anglo-Japanese Yew, English Yew, Japanese Yew, Mountain Mahogany and Pacific Yew.

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