Tiger Lily & Toxicity to Dogs

Tiger lily and toxicity to dogs.
Tiger lily and toxicity to dogs. (Image: Tiger Lily image by mhiser from Fotolia.com)

Tiger lilies are beautiful blooming perennial flowers native to Asia. These flowers are a staple in many ornamental gardens. Learn whether tiger lilies are toxic to dogs to prevent any potential toxicity issues if your dog consumes this plant.

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Identification

Tiger lilies are noted for their bright orange blooms. These blooms are about three inches in width and bear numerous brown spots on the petals. Tiger lilies are known scientifically as "Lilium tigrinum" or "Lilium lancifolium."

Effects

Tiger lilies are non-toxic to dogs and pose no significant health problem if ingested.

Considerations

While tiger lilies are not toxic to dogs, they pose a serious health threat to cats, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Poison Control Center. Cats who ingest tiger lilies are subject to vomiting, depression, lethargy, loss of appetite, kidney failure and death.

Misconceptions

Although tiger lilies are non-toxic to dogs, any plant matter may cause an upset stomach if eaten in a high enough quantity. Upset stomach is not serious and is self-limiting, meaning it resolves on its own without the need for veterinary care.

Fun Fact

A Korean legend states that a hermit pulled an arrow from a wounded tiger's body. The tiger asked the hermit to spread word of their friendship after the tiger's death. After the tiger died, the hermit turned him into a tiger lily and spread the flower across the world as a reminder of this event.

References

  • The ASPCA Poison Control Center: Tiger Lily
  • "Botanica: The Illustrated A-z of over 10,000 Garden Plants and How to Cultivate Them;" HF Ullmann; 2008
  • "Handbook of Poisoning in Dogs and Cats"; Alexander Campbell, Michael Chapman; 2000
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