Is Jade Toxic To Dogs? – The Truth!

Is the Jade toxic to dogs and if yes what exactly does it do to your pets? Many people refer to the jade plant as “jade” straight when searching on the internet. Jade is, in fact, a mineral, that has a similar color to the jade plant hence the plant being called “jade”.  In this article, we will learn all about the jade plant and its effects on pets.

The jade plant is a succulent indigenous to South Africa. It is now a common plant growing in many parts of the world including parts of America. It has been used for centuries as traditional medicine and it is still popularly used today.  It is also commonly referred to as the ‘emperor’s herb’ and it is often associated with good luck, wealth, and prosperity.

It is also believed that the jade plant brings love, friendship, and joy to people who are blessed with the presence of the plant.  In China, the jade plant is considered an essential part of the diet.  It is believed that the Chinese emperor was born with the jade plant embedded in his skin and that he was given this gift as a sign of blessing.

All About The Jade Plant

The Jade plant comes from the family Crassulaceae and it is known by many different names. In its natural habitat, the Xhosa people call it umxhalagube. In the rest of the world it goes by ‘jade tree’, ‘queen of flowers, ‘emperor’s herb’, ‘Indian jade’, ‘stone flower’, ‘Chinese jade’, ‘pagoda flower’, ‘rock jade’, ‘coral jade’, ‘king of the forest’, ‘king of the mountains, ‘goddess of longevity, ‘heavenly jade’, ‘earthly jade’, ‘blue jade’, ‘mantel jade’, ‘mountain jade’ and ‘dragon’s blood jade.

It has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine.  It is also believed that the jade plant has many other medicinal properties.  It is used to help treat various illnesses including arthritis, cancer, colitis, depression, diabetes, gout, hypertension, inflammation, infertility, liver disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and strokes, ulcers, and urinary tract infections.

The jade plant is also very popular among modern herbalists as it is known to contain many nutrients that are beneficial to our health.  These include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D, E, F, G, and K.

Some of these nutrients include vitamin A, which is an essential vitamin for the proper functioning of the eyes, skin, bones, teeth, immune system, and nervous system.  Vitamin A also helps in the production of red blood cells.  Vitamin B1 helps with the formation of red blood cells, DNA and RNA.

With all that info, let’s see if jade is toxic to dogs.

Is Jade Toxic To Dogs?

I am actually a bit stumped on this. If you read the proper literature there is no paper I can find that actually details any mechanism of action of any poison in Crassula ovata that is toxic. If you however search on the internet, there are thousands of poorly referenced (even the Wikipedia page is terrible and just references a bad BBC article as proof that Jade plants are poisonous to dogs) articles purporting that jade plants cause dogs to become confused, depressed, delirious, etc. I have spent 45 years around Jade plants with more than 30 dogs, most of whom started off as puppies and I can say with complete clarity that I have never seen a dog eat or get poisoned by a jade plant. The leaves just are not nice to eat!!

But the common wisdom parroted badly all over the internet is that yes, the jade plant is toxic to pets and it can cause many different types of symptoms in your dogs.  Jade plant poisoning can be fatal to dogs.  It is very important to know what happens to your dogs when they are poisoned by the jade plant.

What are the purported symptoms of jade poisoning?  When your dog is poisoned by the jade plant, you will apparently notice that he or she will be very lethargic, droopy, have a pale appearance, and may even go into shock.  If your dog gets jade poisoning, it can cause his or her heart to stop beating and cause them to have seizures. Again, I note that I cannot find a single scientific record of this….but it is all over the internet in the popular media – often a symptom of a mistruth.

It can also apparently cause them to lose their ability to eat and drink.  Some dogs may apparently become very weak, and some may even vomit. If your dog has any of these symptoms, you must take him or her to a vet right away – this is just common sense.

Can Jade Be Toxic To Cats?

Yes, jade can be toxic to cats.  Just like in dogs, if a cat is poisoned by the jade plant, it can cause his or her heart to stop beating.  It can also cause them to lose their ability to eat and drink.

It can also cause them to go into shock.  It can also cause them to become very lethargic and droopy.  If your cat has any of these symptoms, you must take him or her to a vet right away.

For sure, this plant should be kept away from pets.

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How Do I Get Rid of Jade In My House?

I would really not worry too much about this. As I say, in my life I have had 30 or more dogs that were always playing around with jade plants – a lot of jade plants. I know friends who have these plants all over their farms and my one friend’s Dad is actually a vet. He has never heard of a dog or cat being poisoned by Crassula ovata – the jade plant. Maybe, if you live in a flat and have a really bored dog it may maul a jade plant and eat a few leaves – this is not ideal, and, working on the fact that this plant could be toxic, it would just make sense to put the plant somewhere where the dog cannot get it. This would also make sense in terms of actually having a beautiful plant – plants look bad after dogs chew them.

In Conclusion

Is jade toxic to dogs?  Yes, this plant is purportedly toxic to pets both cats and dogs. It can possibly cause a wide variety of signs from mild to severe.

The most common problem is the ingestion of large amounts of plants causing a variety of symptoms. Some pets purportedly have had to be put down after ingesting large amounts of jade, although there are no real scientific data around this.  Signs can include vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, tremors, weakness, collapse, muscle twitching, and difficulty breathing.

I would really just suggest using common sense – there are hundreds of things that can kill a pet. Jade plants are probably really low on that list – just put the plants somewhere where they are unlikely to get gnawed by your dog or cat. And again, I really have no idea why a cat would even eat a jade plant! I have had many cats and never seen a single one eat a succulent. It is just not their thing. They are carnivores.

What happens if a dog eats a succulent

Frequently Asked Questions

Are jade plants poisonous to pets?

Yes, jade plants are known to be poisonous to pets, especially cats and dogs that could eat them up.  It is important to keep these plants from your pets to protect them from poisoning. 

What happens if a dog eats a succulent?

A pet will not immediately die from eating succulents, but it could have an upset stomach or get really sick. If the pet has eaten a large number of succulents, he or she should seek veterinary care.

Are dogs attracted to succulents?

No, they are not. They may eat them accidentally, but they do not like them. They can even get sick from eating succulents. 

How do I stop my dog from eating succulents?

Dogs usually eat what they want. They will eat succulents if they accidentally get into your garden or yard. Try to keep your yard free of succulents to prevent your dog from eating them. Or keep your pets away from your garden where you are growing jade plants. When your dog eats succulents, take him or her to a vet immediately.