TAXACEAE, TAXUS, YEW POISONING IN DOGS
 
Description    Yew (TAXUS) plants have leaves that are waxy, linear, dark-green, and pointed. They are extremely toxic, producing an immediate lethal cardiotoxicity. The most common TAXUS species include T. BACCATA (English yew), T. CUSPIDATA (Japanese yew), T. CANADENSIS (American yew), and T. BREVIFOLIA (Western yew).
 
Species   Canine
 
Signs   Abnormal behavior, aggression, changing habits, Abnormal pupillary response to light, Ataxia, Disoriented, Dysmetria, Dyspnea, Fever, Generalized weakness, Inability to stand, Increased respiratory rate, Mydriasis, Seizures or syncope, Sudden death, Tachycardia, Trembling
 
References   Cortinovis C. Epidemiology of intoxication of domestic animals by plants in Europe. Vet J 2013;197:163 [Web Reference]
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