Are Bamboo Plants Toxic?

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Are Bamboo Plants Toxic?
Some types of bamboo are poisonous to pets. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Bamboo known as golden bamboo or fish pole bamboo is not toxic to humans, pets or livestock. The bamboo known as heavenly bamboo or nandina is dangerous if ingested. It is toxic to dogs, cats and horses.

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Types

Bamboo known as golden bamboo or fish pole bamboo is not toxic to humans, pets or livestock. The bamboo known as heavenly bamboo or nandina is dangerous if ingested. It is toxic to dogs, cats and horses.

Symptoms

If an animal eats part of a heavenly bamboo plant, it ingests compounds known as cyanogenic glycosides. These compounds cause cyanide poisoning, characterised by symptoms like muscle weakness, lack of coordination, seizures and coma. If your pet exhibits these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Considerations

While heavenly bamboo is toxic to pets, it rarely kills them. Avoid planting heavenly bamboo in areas where an animal could reach it. Keep it out of your house if you have indoor cats. In a garden, fence it off so your dog cannot reach it.

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