LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — What grows in people’s yards could make pets very sick or could possibly lead to death.
Most plants in people’s front and backyards may seem green, leafy, and pleasant but some of them can be highly toxic and could cause death.
One of the most popular outdoor shrubs in Las Vegas are Oleanders.
However, veterinarian Blake Fields, who is the head doctor at Blue Diamond Animal Hospital, told 13 Action News that plant is one of many that are dangerous.
"They can be really life-threatening," said Fields.
Oleanders are beautiful outdoor shrubs; they are widespread across the valley since they are drought resistant.
"The most toxic part of that plant are the stems and the roots, but if they eat any part of the plant it's considered an emergency," "said Fields.
He said the plant contains an organic compound called cardiac glycoside.
It's known to cause heart problems because it increases the output force of the heart and the rate of contractions.
"It can also cause vomiting, diarrhea. [The pets] can look depressed," added Fields.
Many plants can be toxic to dogs and cats; the Pet Poison Helpline reports the top ten plants are Autumn Crocus, Azalea, Cyclamen, Kalanchoe, Lilies, Oleander, Dieffenbachia, Daffodils, Lily of the Valley, Sago Palm, and Tulips and Hyacinths.
These are only a small list of poisonous plants - check the complete poison list.
"If you've noticed they ingested it I wouldn't wasn't any time and would get to your local vet," said Fields.
Kim Sierksi loves her two dogs Maple and Tallulah; they are sisters who do everything together.
"They eat those bushes. They [lick] rocks. They'll chew off the branches."
Sierski was shocked when she learned some plants could be toxic to pets.
"I've grown up here so I had no idea that Oleanders or any other plants could be dangerous for dogs," said Sierksi.
Dan Goldstein is a nursery professional at Moon Valley Nurseries.
He said there is not a direct trade-off for Oleanders, but there are plenty of options.
"The Wax Leaf Privet. It's Super durable. It has an excellent hedge material. It does this pretty bloom in the springtime."
Goldstein also said Japanese Blueberry, Roses, Cape Plumbago, Orange Jubilee, Pineapple Guava are pet-friendly plants.
He recommends removing any toxic plant's roots before planting a new one.
As for Kim Sierski, she will keep an eye on her dogs especially if and when they are around plants.