A reminder that the oleander is a very toxic plant, all parts, fresh or dried, can cause serious illness,or worse, if chewed or swallowed. They are very pretty and grow well in Florida, frequently used in landscaping. Please if anyone lives where oleanders grow…get rid of any in your yard, but do so carefully. Burning the wood is dangerous too!!
Our friend John (a member of this Forum) recently rented a bigger house and just moved a couple of weeks ago. Last weekend his 1 year old black and white boy Bodhi was playing and chewing on some plants, John thought palms, but by Sunday Bodhi became a bit lethargic and his face was swollen slightly. He was eating, peeing, etc. well so John waited to take him to the vet Monday morning and somehow they realized the plant was oleander. Poor Bodhi spent the night at the vet being treated and was transfered to the big vet specialty clinic today as his liver is not responding to treatment. He will be there for several days.
Please keep Bodhi in your thoughts, he is a big, sweet, goofy, funny boy who deserves a long and happy life. We are waiting and hoping John gets good news and Bodhi is romping again at the dog park with our little basenji extended family.
Thanks in advance for your good vibes for Bodhi!
Anne in Tampa