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my cat ate a dried bay leaf -small one- the answer below says

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my cat ate a dried bay leaf -small one- the answer below says the cooked one isn't toxic
what about uncooked dried bay leaf
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Scarlett replied 4 years ago.

Dr. Scarlett :

Hi,

Dr. Scarlett :

How long ago did Ito eat the bay leaf?

Customer:

20 + min ago

Customer:

the emrgency vet says they aren't toxic

Customer:

i called

Customer:

but

Customer:

i've read otherwise

Customer:

not sure what do believe

Dr. Scarlett :

Hang on just a second, I'm looking something up on a vet site.

Customer:

ok thx'

Dr. Scarlett :

Ok, Bay leaves are not toxic to cats unless they eat a large amount of them. The same holds true for humans and forage animals, like cows and horses.

Customer:

ok that's good to know

Customer:

thank you

Dr. Scarlett :

When I first started cooking on my own and threw in a couple bay leaves, I remembered my mom always telling me to take them out after cooking (the cookbook does, too). I thought maybe they were toxic, but my mom said no, it was that they had sharp edges that could potentially cut your tongue!

Dr. Scarlett :

The only thing I would say is to watch Ito for any vomiting or diarrhea. Anything they eat, bay leaves or other plant leaves, can cause some stomach upset. It should be self-limiting, however.

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