Client handout: Large animals should leaf these trees alone

July 20, 2018
Pet Poison Helpline staff

Pet Poison Helpline is a 24-hour animal poison control service available throughout the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean for pet owners and veterinary professionals who require assistance with treating a potentially poisoned pet. We have the ability to help every poisoned pet, with all types of poisonings, 24 hours a day. Our knowledge and expertise of pet poisons will put your mind at ease when dealing with a potential emergency.

These trees are no good for large animals. Offer clients this handout and tell them to call you if they suspect ingestion of branches, bark or leaves.

We love trees.

Trees provide shelter, shade and wind breaks for large animals, but their owners may not know these beautiful trees are also a contributing cause of illness. Typically, animals with adequate nutrition will not browse foliage or ingest leaves or seeds, but drought, storms resulting in fallen branches, curiosity or boredom may result in their consumption. Careful attention must be paid to animals pastured close to these trees, and every effort must be made to prevent access.

Click the image below or right here to download a handout for owners of large animals. Read all about clinical signs, diagnosis and treatment for toxicity here.

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 $59 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

Click on the image above to download this two-page handout. (It's just the first page above, but we swear the PDF is two pages. Pinkie swear.)