Increased Backyard Poisonings Deadly To Pets

Veterinarians are warning pet owners about the dangers lurking in the backyard, with the popular Brunfelsia flower topping the list. Commonly known as Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow (Brunfelsiabonodora), this plant is beautiful but deadly.

Dr Fiona Park, one of the Animal Referral Hospital’s Internal Medicine specialists, reported an increased number of Brunfelsia poisoning cases over the past couple of months, which has resulted in the death of one dog this month.

“Dogs seem to be attracted to the berries and seed pods but all parts of the plant can be considered toxic,” she says. “Signs of poisoning include salivation, vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle tremors and seizures, and can last up to several days with or without treatment.”

Unfortunately, there is no antidote – just supportive therapy via enemas to remove the plant material from the gut, seizure control, administering fluids and possibly general anaesthesia depending on the severity of the case.

“Because Brunfelsia poisoning can be potentially life-threatening, all exposures need to be taken seriously and treated by a vet immediately,” says Dr Park.


For more information or media interviews:

Troy James, General Manager

Animal Referral Hospital


W 02 9199 8983

M 0410 647 974


Image source: By Oeropium - Own work, CC BY 3.0, 


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