Toxicity of Shamrock Plants to Dogs and Cats

Shamrock plants, often bought near St. Patrick's Day as gifts, are considered lucky but pose a threat to pets. 
If ingested, these three-leaved plants, also known as wood sorrel, can be toxic to cats, dogs, or horses due to soluble oxalate salts in the leaves. Unlike harmless clover, shamrock plants, usually grown indoors or in gardens, have bitter leaves that may not deter all curious pets. 
Like other poisonous houseplants, it's crucial to keep shamrock plants out of reach or replace them with pet-friendly options. If present where your horse grazes, remove the plant. 
 The toxicity arises from soluble oxalate salts in the leaves, binding with calcium in the pet's body and causing a drop in blood calcium. 
Long-term consumption can lead to kidney stones, while large amounts in a short period may result in acute kidney failure. 
 If your pet consumes a shamrock plant, contact your veterinarian promptly. 
While poisoning is rare, even small doses of soluble oxalate salts can irritate the stomach, causing symptoms like drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea. 
Watch for additional signs such as tremors, lethargy, changes in urination, water consumption, and bloody urine. 

Regardless of symptoms, seek veterinary advice, as the danger level varies based on your pet's size and health conditions. If unable to reach your vet, contact the Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680 or the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center at 1-800-548-2423 for guidance on monitoring symptoms and determining the need for emergency care.

Dogs With This Condition Should Be Fasted

My dog is picky and sometimes won’t even eat. How do I get him to eat if he’s not hungry? 

This is a great question because it calls on a specific answer created under certain circumstances. That is, a great paragraph that addresses “not eating” in dogs from all walks of life.

“Not eating” can be a genuine ‘thing’ if a dog is skinny. All skinny dogs, IF HEALTHY, will eat encouragingly well. 

What is skinny? 

Answer: A body condition score of three plus or lower. 

What’s a Body Condition Score?

You can determine the dogs Body Condition Score from that article and the models of the scores depicted. 

What if the “not eating” dog is actually “A little heavy”?

If the Body Condition Score is a 4plus or even 5minus, or higher; not-eating is okay: 

That is: IF the dog is otherwise engaged in regular behavior, interest in family goings-on. 

If a dog ACTS sick, or has diarrhea or vomiting, no matter what it’s weight is: It’s probably “actually” unwell. 

The following scenario is rather common among “normal weight” BCSfour to BCSfourplus dogs: These dogs, if given a “pretty-okay-tasting” dry food fed dry twice a day, may eat lightly, or even skip a meal. That’s totally normal. 

When a dog is quite a bit heavier, for example a BCSfive or even BCS6 it’s VERY common for these dogs to be brewing a case of chronic “pancreatitis” 

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And it’s (pancreatitis) almost “for sure” if the dog is a bCS5plus over 8 years old. 

All you would see is a heavy dog that occasionally, or even over a few days did NOT want to eat. This is because the “pancreas is flared up” and doesn’t cool off until the dog has fasted itself for a day or two. Coaxing these dogs to eat is to prolong a pancreatitis episode. 

Some owners already know their dog has pancreatitis and recognizes the symptom of “not eating” and sometimes, “spitting up” and lets them go hungry for a day or two. 

A heavy dog can EASILY skip two days of dry food fed dry without mixing anything in it. And probably should. 

A skinny dog that won’t eat for a day or two is cause for concern. Especially if it’s at or over 12 years old because organ failure could be brewing. 

Not-So-Fun-Fact. In 1944-1945 some jerk wanted to know how long a person and a dog could go without food before dying. They found out that a regular person and a regular dog could go 30 days without food before ANY damage occurred and that, tragically, the next 15 days without food caused serious and eventually irreversible damage. 

Valuable Takeaway:  Owners should not worry about a dog that doesn’t eat for two or even three days. 

AS LONG AS IT ACTS “Pretty okay” and doesn’t have diarrhea or vomiting. 


A skinny dog should eat “pretty well” and if it doesn’t it’s probably unwell. 

A regular dog can skip one to four meals without signaling illness unless there are concurrent signs of depression, vomiting or diarrhea. 

An overweight dog may skip meals due to pancreatitis (detectable with blood test) especially if the dog is over 10-11 years old. 


1. Don’t ply a dog to eat. You can NOT determine if a dog is sick if it eats bacon or a hamburger because a dog will take hamburger no matter how sick it is. Then it’s too late. When someone tells my my dog hasn’t eaten it’s food in three solid days –  I get concerned. 

2. If the dog is at or over a BCS5 —> Count it as lucky it’s not eating because for medical and weight-loss reasons, a FAST is recommended. 

3. The presence of diarrhea, depression or vomiting negate the entire content of this article: Such a pet should see a veterinarian. 

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