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Saturday - June 01, 2013

From: Troy, MO
Region: Midwest
Topic: Poisonous Plants
Title: Is Clethra alnifolia toxic to dogs?
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Is Clethra alnifolia toxic to dogs?

ANSWER:

Clethra alnifolia (Coastal sweet pepperbush) doesn't occur on any of the following toxic plant databases:

Toxic and Non-Toxic Plant List – Dogs

University of Pennsylvania Poisonous Plants

Poisonous Plants of North Carolina

Cornell University Plants Poisonous to Livestock

Canadian Poisonous Plants Information System

This doesn't necessarily mean that it wouldn't have a detrimental effect on your dog if he/she ate a large quantity of the plant; however, since it doesn't occur on any of the toxic plant databases, it isn't likely to be a serious reaction.

 

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Coastal pepperbush
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