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What is Lantana Poisoning?

Although lantana originated in Central America, it can now be found in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. In these states, reports of lantana poisoning are common in areas where the plant grows wild. Lantana of the Verbenaceae family is a beautiful flowering plant that may be yellow, orange, red, or blue and white. Some lantana produce blue-black berries, which are the most toxic part of the plant. Unfortunately, the mortality rate is high in the more serious cases. If you think your dog may have eaten any part of a lantana plant, see a veterinary medical professional immediately even if you have not noticed any symptoms, as this is a life-threatening emergency.

Lantana poisoning in dogs is common in the southwestern United States in places where it is allowed to grow wild. The toxic property in lantana is a triterpenoid, which is extremely toxic and dangerous to your dog as well as other animals and children, if consumed. Triterpenoid can damage your dog’s hepatic system (gallbladder, bile ducts, and liver). While the entire plant of the lantana is poisonous, the berries are the most toxic. Not all lantana have berries, but those that do are dark blue (almost black) and very small (1/4 inch) that are grouped in small clusters. Some experts believe that the berries are safe if they are completely ripe, but scientists have proven that all berries from the lantana can be fatal.

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Symptoms of Lantana Poisoning in Dogs

The initial symptoms of lantana poisoning, weakness and appetite loss, are evident within the first 24 hours of consumption. More serious symptoms will begin to develop over the next several days, such as bloody diarrhea, paralysis, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes) from damage to the liver. The symptoms of lantana poisoning vary depending on how much your dog ate, what part of the plant was consumed, and what kind of lantana it is. Some of the most commonly reported symptoms are:

  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Death
  • Depression
  • Frequent urination
  • Inability to move (paralysis)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Liver failure (dark urine, weakness, yellowing of the skin and eyes - jaundice)
  • Sensitivity to the sun (photosensitization)
  • Shock
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Vomiting


Lantana (lantana camara) is in the Verbenaceae family in the order of the lamiales. Some of the other common names for lantana are red sage, wild sage, yellow sage, shrub verbena, and viburnum lantana. Lantana can grow to over six feet tall, but they are most commonly about three to four feet on average. There are approximately 150 types of lantana, but the most common in the United States are:

  • Lantana camara
  • Lantana depressa
  • Lantana hirsuta
  • Lantana horrida
  • Lantana splendens
  • Lantana strigocamara
  • Lantana montevidensis

Causes of Lantana Poisoning in Dogs

The cause of lantana poisoning is consuming a toxic amount of lantana. The toxic principles in lantana are:

  • Pentacyclic triterpenoids (Lantadene A, Lantadene B)
  • Pentacyclic triterpene acids (Icterogenin, Dihydrolantadene A, reduced lantadene)

Diagnosis of Lantana Poisoning in Dogs

If you can, bring a portion of the lantana plant with you to the veterinarian so they can determine which type it is because some are more toxic than others. This will help the veterinarian get a definitive diagnosis to decide on a treatment plan. During the physical examination, the veterinarian will check your dog’s reflexes, weight, height, body temperature, breath sounds, blood pressure, respiration and pulse rate. Tell the veterinarian all of the details about the incident, like how much and what part of the plant your dog ate. You should also have your dog’s health history and vaccination records, and if you have noticed any unusual behavior or appetite changes.

Some tests that will be performed are a biochemical profile, complete blood count, urinalysis, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), electrolyte levels, liver enzymes, and glucose levels. The blood tests will show an increase in bilirubin and the hepatic enzymes AST and SDH. Imaging done with x-ray, CT scan, MRI, and ultrasound may also be necessary. To determine if your dog is dehydrated, a packed cell volume (PCV) test should be done as well.

Treatment of Lantana Poisoning in Dogs

An effective treatment usually consists of providing IV fluids and electrolytes, an activated charcoal lavage to absorb the toxins and empty the stomach, and antibiotics in case of infection. There may be supportive treatments required for any complications, such as inflammation of the liver or kidney damage. Hospitalization may be necessary in serious cases.

Recovery of Lantana Poisoning in Dogs

Chances for your dog’s recovery are good if treated quickly. Once your dog is allowed to go home, continue the medication and limit the amount of sunlight due to photosensitivity. Unfortunately, if treatment is not done before liver damage occurs your dog’s chances are poor. Be sure to remove all lantana from your property wherever your dog is allowed to go and call your veterinarian if you have any concerns.

Lantana Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Chewbacca and baby
Yorky poo. /chihuaha
7month 3years
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Very Thirsty gurgling tummy, diarre
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My brother puppy sat my dogs and he has lantanas and since I picked them up they are both sick. I am scared I don't have money to take them to vet what do I do one is 7mnths and the other is 3 years old.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If lantana poisoning is suspected, then it would be advisable to visit your Veterinarian regardless of cost so that they can receive fluids and supportive care; lantana poisoning can cause liver failure so should be taken seriously. There is no direct cure for this, but continued supportive and symptomatic care in important; liver support with Denamarin may help too. If you have difficulty with the cost of Veterinary care, check the link below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM!.aspx

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Out rottie has been eating lantana for over a year now. No sign of reaction. Was just informed that lantana is poisonous to dogs. What should we do? Should we remove the lantana or leave it there? We have a dozen plants without berries.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. You are probably quite fortunate that you haven't had any problems with the Lantana plant so far. Lantana can be highly toxic to dogs, even fatal. It would be best to immediately block the plant so that Sydney can't access it.

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English Bulldog
12 weeks
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She is being treated for pneumonia but was doing well till she chewed on a lantana leaf then experienced rapid breathing but no sob I gave her half a 12.5 infant Benadryl she has now almost returned to normal breathing 48 a minute no distress should I take her in

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to keep a close eye on Stormy for the time being, symptoms of lantana poisoning usually cause gastrointestinal upset and depression; in severe cases liver failure may also be seen when large amounts are ingested (uncommon in companion animals). Monitor her but if you have any concerns you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pittbull mix
3 Years
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I just saw my dog eating something around a lantana bush. Then saw her pick something off of it, eat, and do it 3 more times before I got her to stop. I did find 2 berries on it. What should I do, she isn't showing anything.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Lantana poisoning may lead to vomiting, diarrhoea, weakness and liver failure; you may try to induce vomiting with 3% of hydrogen peroxide and administer activated charcoal. It may be a case of ensuring Rosie stays hydrated and I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian for supportive care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog recently ate the berries from a lantana Camara plant ( orange,yellow, red plant) . I saw him do it and scolded him (told him no don't eat that !)
A day later he had bloody diarrhea all day long. The next day I took him to the vet. I told her it was the plant and brought it in. She didn't think it was the plant for sure since she researched it and said it really affects livestock more and the dog would have to eat 10% its body weight. That is not true. My dog ate very little maybe a berrie cluster or two. The dog ended up getting 2 IV's of saline and antibiotic and prednisone, anti nausea and pain meds in its IV. We had a CBC (bloodwork panel) it had low levels in several areas (calcium, protein etc. and looked like the liver was malfunctioning). Long story this site is very accurate. This stuff in extremely dangerous. I cut the bush out a day later and it scratched my arms and I've been having an allergic reaction ever since (welts and itching) which is another sign that the plant is nothing to mess with . If you have animals don't have this plant around or little kids. Our dog almost died and he is still recovering and not quite back to normal yet. I'm glad I saw him eat the berries and put two and two together. The vet bill was $750

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