|Photo from Wikipedia.org
Many people, especially those living throughout the Northeast, have these trees either in their own yards, or in their neighborhoods. They are very popular and used in landscaping, but they are also very poisonous. We had a Yew in our yard, it had been there long before we moved in 20 years ago. And in all the years we lived here, not one of our dogs ever bothered with this tree....until last weekend.
|Sophie, the picture of innocence
|Maizie, so sweet, and so naughty!
Yes, our two four month old puppies decided to try sampling the berries from the Yew tree. Our first indication that something was wrong, was when Sophie vomited and we spotted the berries and seeds. Within minutes she was staggering, and a seizure quickly followed. Terrified, we rushed them to the animal hospital, where the staff induced vomiting in both puppies. They treated them with charcoal, and then IV medicine and fluids overnight.
I have never been so scared, this definitely could have ended in tragedy. So if you have this tree in your yard, you should quickly take a chainsaw to it! We have removed it from our yard, and we have scoured our yard for any other possibly poisonous plants. So please, double check your yards and your neighbors' yards, you never know what dangers may be right outside your door!