Many plants are called "lilies." Which ones are concerning?
Many plants have the word "lily" in the name, so it's important to know which species are toxic. The most dangerous and potentially fatal lilies for cats are genus Lilium (the "true lilies") and Hemerocallis (daylilies). Common examples include the Easter lily (L. longiflorum), stargazer lily (L. orientalis), tiger lily (L. tigrinum or L. lancifolium), Asiatic hybrid lily (many varieties of Lilium spp.), wood lily (L. philadelphicum), and daylily (Hemerocallis spp.). Due to their beauty, longevity, fragrance, and affordability, these flowers are often in cut-flower bouquets or sold as potted plants for Easter. Ingestion of any part of the plant, including leaves, flowers, pollen, or even the water from the vase can result in rapid kidney failure in cats leading to medical emergencies that require immediate veterinary care. Early decontamination, intravenous fluid therapy, kidney function tests, and supportive care greatly improve the cat's prognosis. A delay of treatment of more than 18 hours after ingestion generally results in irreversible kidney failure. Due to the high risk of fatality, Pet Poison Helpline recommends these flowers never be brought into homes with cats.
What should be done if a cat ingests a lily?
If a cat consumes any part of a "lily" plant, the pet owner should call Pet Poison Helpline or bring the cat and the plant to a veterinarian as soon as possible. The veterinary professionals and board-certified veterinary toxicologists at Pet Poison Helpline are accessible 24/7 by calling 800-213-6680 – these are the professionals that veterinarians turn to for poison consultations. They will help the pet owner determine if the cat can be treated at home, or if it needs to be taken to the veterinary hospital. If veterinary care is needed, Pet Poison Helpline will provide guidance and medical advice directly to the veterinarian as well.
About Pet Poison Helpline
Pet Poison Helpline, an animal poison control center based out of Minneapolis, is available 24 hours, seven days a week for pet owners and veterinary professionals that require assistance treating a potentially poisoned pet. The staff provides treatment advice for poisoning cases of all species, including dogs, cats, birds, small mammals, large animals and exotic species. As the most cost-effective option for animal poison control care, Pet Poison Helpline's fee of $39 per incident includes follow-up consultation for the duration of the poison case.
- Pet Poison Helpline is available in North America by calling 800-213-6680.
- Additional information can be found online at www.petpoisonhelpline.com.
Info courtesy: The Pet Poison Hotline