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Andromeda Japonica




Plant Name: 
Andromeda Japonica
Scientific Name: 
Pieris japonica
Family: 
Ericaceae
Toxins: 
Arbutin, Grayanotoxin (aka. Andromedotoxin, Rhodotoxin, and Acetylandromedol), Arbutin glucoside
Poisoning Symptoms: 
excessive drooling, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, depression of the central nervous system, abnormally low blood pressure, cardiovascular collapse, coma and death.
Additional Information: 
All parts of the plant are poisonous especially the foliage, contain some glycosides, to include Andromedotoxin which is chemically similar to turpentine. Andromedotoxin like turpentine will burn the mouth, which tends to discourage potential victims from consuming dangerous quantities. In order for the development of toxic signs, an animal will need to ingest 0.2% by weight of green leaves. To put it another way, a 60lb dog would need to eat a little less than 2 ounces for toxic signs to develop.
First Aid: 
Prevent any further ingestion of the plant and provide supportive care. Seek Veterinary Attention.
Species Affected: 
 Toxic to Dogs, Toxic to Cats
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