There are a lot of plants that make dogs sick. Be sure to keep your dog safe from these toxic plants!
I love grass. It feels good underneath my paws and tastes even better in between my teeth. Sometimes, especially when I’m not feeling well, I go a little overboard on the grass-eating and end up throwing up all over the place. Good news – grass is not toxic to dogs (though overdoing it definitely will make them vomit). I don’t even know what I’d do if I could occasionally snack on a little grass here and there.
But there are many plants that are toxic! Does your dog love to garden with you? Do you frequently find him outside nibbling on your neighbor’s plants? If so, there are many plants, flowers, and even trees that you’ll want to be aware of. Do you know the plants that make dogs sick? Check out some of the more popular plants that could be harmful to your dog.
Outdoor plants that are toxic to canines
Do you like to garden? Whether it’s you or your neighbor that has a green thumb, you’ll want to keep a close eye on your dog near gardens. There are many plants, flowers, vegetables and fruits that could make your four-legged friend extremely ill. Don’t allow your dog near the following plants.
- Alocasia, also known as Elephant Ear
- Some Lily varieties (Tiger, Easter, Calla)
- Sweet Peas
Oh, and it isn’t just plants you need to keep an eye on. Some trees may also be toxic and make your dogs very sick. Both Yews and Red Maple trees have toxic leaves. Some Pine trees are also toxic to pups if the bark or needles are chewed on.
Indoor plants and flowers that may harm your dog
Do you have any of the following indoor plants? If so, keep your dog away from them, as they might make him quite ill.
- Bamboo Palm
Mistletoe, Holly, and Poinsettias, common decorative plants during the winter holiday season, are very dangerous to dogs. Mistletoe and Holly are both poisonous, and Poinsettias can irritate the mouth and stomach to an extreme degree if eaten.
I love flower arrangements, but I certainly have no interest in eating any of the flowers. That isn’t true for all dogs. Some pups enjoy eating right out of a vase. If this sounds like your furry friend, you’ll have to be extra careful about what type of cut flowers you bring into your home. Some plants and flowers can make your pooch real sick. If any of the following is in your next arrangement, be sure to keep it out of reach of your pet at all times, especially when you’re not at home to supervise.
- Baby’s breath
- Bird of Paradise
Caring for a dog who ingested a toxic plant
Let’s talk about something very important now that you know what plants to keep an eye out for. What do you do if your dog eats one of the plants that make dogs sick? This is very important – call your veterinarian or emergency services clinic right away! You can also contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435, though they might charge a small consultation fee, but really – what’s money when you could be saving your forever friend’s life?
For a detailed list of all plants that make dogs sick, visit the ASPCA’s extensive and well-organized list. If you have a cat (or horse) in your home, this list can also tell you the plants that make them sick, too.
Can you think of any other plants that make dogs sick? If so, let us know in the comments section!
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