False cypress is highly toxic for dogs

Chamaecyparis highly toxic

The false cypresses belong to the cypress family and there are many different species. Cypresses are evergreen shrubs or even huge trees that can grow over 50 m high, depending on the species.

All species have so-called scale leaves with sharp edges. Cypresses have inconspicuous yellow, red and brown flowers. The cones are ovoid with scales and their seeds are maroon.

False cypress is also known as:
  • cypress
False cypress

What should I do if my dog ate False cypress?

How toxic is False cypress?

Toxicity:highly toxic (highly toxic)
Toxic parts:The entire false cypress is poisonous with all its parts.
Toxic time:winter, spring, summer, autumn
If your dog shows symptoms of poisoning, it is always an emergency! Time is critical for your dog's life. You should immediately call your vet or the animal emergency services and make sure that a vet is on site and then go there immediately. For the treatment, it helps the vet a lot to know what your dog has ingested.

Occurrence False cypress

Plant species:tree
Flowering time:spring
Fruit ripening:autumn


The following symptoms may be present in false cypress poisoning:

  • the mucous membrane of the mouth is reddened
  • salivation is increased and the dog drools
  • vomiting
  • stomach pain
  • diarrhoea
  • muscle cramps may occur
  • increased urination
  • in very severe cases of poisoning, which are very rare, fatal respiratory paralysis may occur
  • miscarriages are possible in pregnant female dogs


The vet will always try to remove the ingested poison from the body and alleviate the specific symptoms of poisoning.

There are different methods to remove the poison from the body:

1. ACTIVATED CHARCOAL: Activated charcoal can absorb toxins. If possible, it should be administered within 2 hours after ingestion of the poison, so that the toxin does not enter the bloodstream.
2. LAXATIVES: The vet may combine the administration of activated charcoal with a laxative.
3. VOMITING: The vet can also induce vomiting using medication to remove the toxin from the body. 

To alleviate the symptoms of poisoning, the vet can administer infusions and, if necessary, medication to relieve pain and muscle spasms.

More information on dog poisonings can be found here: 

Preventing, identifying and treating poisoning in dogs


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