Sweat Pea Poisoning in a Dog

by Naomi Millburn
    Lots of "everyday" plants are potentially toxic to canines, so take note.

    Lots of "everyday" plants are potentially toxic to canines, so take note.

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    Although the name "sweet pea" (Lathyrus latifolius and L. odoratus) sounds innocuous and lovely as can be, the family Fabaceae plants are actually toxic to various animals, including dogs. We're not talking the peas you eat at home; "sweet pea" is a flowering perennial vining legume plant. Sweet pea is more than one plant species; variants go by many names. Keep these plants far away from your pets. Dogs are curious creatures who don't hesitate to put their mouths on strange new things.

    Sweet Pea Toxicity

    Sweet pea plants have a component known as beta-aminopropionitrile, a compound. This exact component is the specific danger element in sweet peas for dogs. If your pooch for any reason takes in any part of one of these plants, it could trigger serious issues with both the musculoskeletal system and the brain.

    Symptoms

    If you have any worries that your cutie might have munched on a sweet pea plant, seek urgent veterinary assistance without hesitation. If your doggie is indeed experiencing sweet pea poisoning, you might pick up on signs such as fatigue, feebleness, seizures, uncontrollable shivering, and walking back and forth without a clear or obvious goal. In extreme scenarios, sweet pea poisoning in canines can sometimes lead to fatal results. If you think your dog might have eaten any element of a sweet pea plant, regardless of whether you notice any signs, get him into a veterinarian's care, pronto.

    Intensity

    The intensity of the symptoms a pet experiences -- along with the severity of the toxicity in general -- generally depends on just how much he consumed. Larger portions of sweet pea plants frequently yield more serious results. Note, however, that even minimal intake can potentially be harmful. Never assume your dog ate too little of the plant for it to be hazardous. Always play it safe when it comes to your precious pooch's well-being and health.

    A Sweet Pea by Many Other Names

    Sweet pea isn't the only commonly used moniker for the Lathyrus latifolius sweet pea plant. If you ever spot a plant that is labeled as "everlasting pea" or "perennial pea," beware. Both of these plants are toxic members of family Fabaceae, and they are equally hazardous to dogs, horses and cats. The bottom line is to never allow any of your pets near any plants unless you're 100 percent of their safety. If your pets eat something you don't recognize as safe, your veterinarian is always only a phone call away.

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    About the Author

    Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

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