If you’re a dog owner, you know the true meaning of man’s best friend. We spend tons of time with our furry friends, taking walks around our neighborhood, going to the beach and parks, hiking in local parks, and playing outside in the garden. If you want to give your pet the best life possible, it is crucial to know the common plants poisonous to dogs so you can avoid them when out and about and from planting them in the yard.
Common Plants Poisonous to Dogs
Daffodil, Hyacinth, and Tulip Bulbs
Although these flowers are not threatening to dogs, their bulbs are. If your pet pal is a digger, beware of planting these bulbs in the yard. Exposure and ingestion of these plant bulbs can cause severe GI upset, vomiting, and diarrhea.
This woody evergreen is an indoor or outdoor plant, often seen as large hedges in yards. When eating, dogs begin vomiting but can move on to more severe symptoms such as changes in heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure drops, and neurological problems.
Philodendrons are one of the most popular indoor plants, but they contain crystals that are toxic to dogs. They irritate the lips, gums, tongue, and throat and cause drooling, vomiting, mouth pawing, and vocalizing.
Oleander is a beautiful flowering shrub that is commonly found in warm climates on the west coast. However, it is highly toxic to dogs (and other animals) if ingested. All parts of the oleander plant contain cardiac glycosides, which can affect the heart and cause symptoms such as drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, irregular heartbeats, and even death. If you have oleander in your yard, make sure it is securely fenced off to prevent your dog from accessing it.
Beware of these beauties! Often used as indoor plants around the holidays, the milky sap from poinsettias is irritating to dogs. They cause vomiting and diarrhea when eaten; however, symptoms are not life-threatening and usually resolve themselves without a costly vet trip.
Similar to philodendrons, begonias contain tiny irritating crystals. However, they have another crystal that targets canine kidneys. It slows fine muscle movements and causes lethargy and a decreasing appetite. Your pet should see a vet after a begonia encounter.
The Sago Palm, also known as Cycas revoluta, is a popular ornamental plant that can be found both indoors and outdoors. However, all parts of the Sago Palm are highly toxic to dogs. Ingesting any part of this plant can lead to severe symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, liver failure, and even death. It is essential to keep your dog away from this plant, especially its seeds, and remove it from your yard if you have one.
Lilies are popular flowers used in bouquets and floral arrangements, but many species of lilies, including Asiatic lilies (a.k.a. Easter Lily, Stargazer Lily, and Oriental Lily) and daylilies, can be toxic to dogs – but even more so to any cats in the house. If you find your dog or cat have eaten a lily, take them to the vet immediately as ingestion can be fatal if left untreated.
Aloe vera is a multifunctional plant to have around the property. The liquid gel inside its tough stalks can be soothing for burns and itching but also cause irritating GI issues for your pup. Severe vomiting, diarrhea, and fluid loss are symptoms of ingestion. If a lot of the plant is ingested by your dog, you must call the vet.
Are most plants poisonous to dogs?
Yes, it is true that there are many plants poisonous to dogs. While not all plants are toxic to dogs, there is a significant number of plant species that can cause harm if ingested. As responsible dog owners, it is crucial to be cautious about what plants we have in our yards and homes. We should research and identify dog-safe plants, avoid planting toxic ones, and take measures to prevent our pets from accessing harmful vegetation. Additionally, training our dogs not to chew or eat plants can help minimize the risk of accidental poisoning. Being aware and proactive in this matter is essential for the well-being of our furry companions.
Do dogs know to avoid poisonous plants?
According to the American Kennel Club, “Don’t fall for the myth that dogs instinctively avoid dangerous plants. While it is sometimes true of animals in the wild, dogs have no ability to distinguish between safe and unsafe plants.” So, assume that fiddo will think that every plant is a snack and do your best to prevent them from eating anything they shouldn’t.
What in my yard is toxic to dogs?
Prior to planting your next round of gardening, it is important to be aware of what your dog may be allergic to. For example, plants poisonous to dogs include popular veggies like garlic, tomatoes, chives, and onions. However, it goes beyond just vegetables. Certain grasses, fruits, “pet-safe fertilizers,” insects, and animals can be poisonous to dogs. Take a good look around your lawn for obvious red flags and then keep an eye out for any signs of irritation of sickness like rashes or vomiting.
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