Watch Out For These Poisonous Plants to Dogs

by Reena Bakir
poisonous plants to dogs

While flowers and plants decorating our gardens may be a beautiful sight for us, some of these lovely spring herbs may be extremely poisonous plants to dogs! Many deadly plants and flowers may be growing right in your backyards or the parks where your dog loves to walk, therefore it is essential to look out for these poisonous plants to dogs to keep your dog safe and out of harm’s way!

Autumn Crocus

poisonous plants to dogs

There are two types of crocus plants, ones which bloom in spring and another which blooms in autumn. The Spring Crocus can cause gastrointestinal disturbances to dogs, which may result in vomiting and diarrhoea, yet the Autumn Crocus is much more deadly and can be severely toxic. Ingestion of this plant can cause extreme side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding, severe vomiting, liver and kidney damage, seizures and in some cases me even be fatal.


poisonous plants to dogs

Different types of daisies contain different toxins that are harmful to dogs, however, it’s best to keep your dog away from all family members of this flower. While ingesting a very small amount of daisy leaves or petals may not cause harm to your dog, eating a large quantity will usually cause drooling, vomiting and muscle convulsions which could induce shaking or trembling.


poisonous plants to dogs

Belonging to the lily family, Tulips contain allergenic lactones which are poisonous to dogs. The toxic properties are usually most concentrated in the flower’s bud, and when ingested can cause excessive irritation to the mouth and throat, with symptoms such as drooling, vomiting or gastrointestinal irritation such as diarrhoea. The severity of the symptoms depends on the amount of toxic buds ingested and can go from easily treatable to very acute.


potatoes poisonous plants to dogs

If you are thinking of growing your own vegetables in your garden, be sure to avoid potatoes if your canine can stumble upon them! Raw potatoes, belonging to the same Nightshade family as tomatoes, contain the toxin solanine which can have deadly effects on canines.

Sago Palm

poisonous plants to dogs

This common ornamental household plant is highly toxic to dogs. The entire plant is poisonous, with the leaves causing severe liver damage if ingested. Other symptoms of ingesting the plant include yellowing of gums and skin, vomiting, blood in faeces and diarrhoea and in extreme cases even death.

Asparagus Fern

poisonous plants for dogs

This decorative plant carries berries which can be poisonous to dogs and other pets when ingested. The main symptoms of eating the berries of this plant are gastrointestinal distress, with vomiting and diarrhoea. Moreover, contact with the Asparagus fern plant sap can cause rashes and skin irritation.


poisonous plants to dogs

While these plants may be very beautiful and majestic, they are highly toxic to dogs and cats, and the intensity of their effects can range from moderate to severe. The plant contains natural toxins that can affect the heart, interfering with the electrolytes in the heart muscles. Ingesting this plant can cause an abnormal heart rate with cardiac arrhythmias, vomiting, collapse and death.

Keep your dog safe.

Make sure you remain vigilant of where your dog sticks their nose when taking them out on walks, and also be aware of the plants growing in your garden and take the necessary precautions if any of these plants are found! Call a veterinary professional immediately if your dog exhibits signs of poisoning.

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