Virginia Animal Poison Control

Poisonous Plants - The garden of poisonous plants

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Consumption of plants is one of the main causes of poisoning in children under six years. Children are however not the only victims as adults and even farm animals are also affected by this type of poisoning.

To prevent accidents, it is important to know the risks of toxicity of indoor and outdoor plants.

  • So you first need to identify the plants you have, inside and outside, and then find the scientific name for each. If you need to get help, contact a landscape or garden centers in your area.
  • Attach each plant labeled with the common name and scientific name of the latter, you can also use tape and stick in each jar. For your garden, draw a plan that identifies each plant (name and location).
  • Never eat a plant or mushroom you do not know. Teach your children never to put in their mouths leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits, bark or berries without first show an adult.
  • Do not assume that a plant is not toxic simply because birds or other animals consume.

In case of contact with a poisonous plant, please do the following:

  • Remove from the mouth of the individual plant, berries or mushrooms. Keep a part to be able to identify what plant it is.
  • Make sure the person rinse mouth thoroughly.
  • Check if there is irritation, swelling or discoloration of the mucous membranes.
  • Contact your local poison control center.
  • Some plants can cause irritation, itching or rashes. To prevent these symptoms worsen, it is important to remove contaminated clothing and thoroughly wash the skin with soap and water.
  • Contact your local poison control center.
  • To avoid further irritation of the eyes, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Rinse your eyes with warm water for fifteen minutes, preferably in the shower.
  • Contact your local poison control center.

Numbers poison control centers in Canada:

Municipalité régionale d'Halifax 1-902-470-8161 Halifax Regional Municipality

Nouvelle-Écosse et Île-du-Prince-Édouard 1-800-565-8161 Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island Prince Edward Island

Nouveau-Brunswick (Télé-Soins) 911 New Brunswick (Telecare)

Québec 1-800-463-5060 Quebec

Ontario Ontario 1-800-268-9017

Manitoba Manitoba 1-204-787-2591

Alberta 1-800-332-1414 Alberta

Saskatchewan 1-866-454-1212 Saskatchewan

Colombie-Britannique 1-800-567-8911 British Columbia

Partie continentale des États-Unis 1-800-222-1222 Mainland United States


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