10 plants that are toxic to dogs
This is a very common plant that can be found in Australian backyards, but the berries it produces can be toxic to dogs if ingested.
This root vegetable can cause many problems if your dog ingests it, including vomiting, diarrhea, and skin irritation.
Again, rhododendrons cause digestive problems in dogs, with vomiting and diarrhea being common symptoms when ingested.
One of the most dangerous poisonous plants, azaleas can cause cardiovascular problems for your dog. If ingested, your dog may experience a weak heartbeat, which may lead to coma or death.
Lily of the valley
Eating any part of this plant can lead to digestive problems, slowed heart rate, irregular heartbeat, seizures, and in severe cases, death.
Wisteria contains glycosides and lectins, which can cause digestive problems such as diarrhea and vomiting. Lectins can also cause blood clotting, which can be a serious problem if left unchecked.
Finally, the yew tree can cause further digestive problems if your dog ingests it, including vomiting and diarrhea.
A more comprehensive list can be found on the Animal Welfare Victoria website.
Signs of poisoning in dogs
It can be very stressful if your puppy becomes ill, especially in the case of poisoning. If you have any of these plants already in your garden, being able to identify when your dog is sick is extremely important. Here are the most common signs of poisoning in dogs:
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Weakness or lethargy
- Excessive drooling
- Behavior changes
- Abdominal pain or stiffness
What to do if your dog eats a poisonous plant?
If you notice a piece missing from your kangaroo’s paw, or your dog is acting unusual, the first thing you should do is go to the vet.
In cases of seizures or severe symptoms, you should contact an emergency veterinarian or an animal poison control center (Animal poison helpline:1300869738) It may be the best option for you. Do not try to treat your dog at home.
It can be quite scary to see your dog in pain or in an emergency, so learning about potential toxins, both on and off the lawn, is always a great idea. Likewise, making sure you have all the correct vet phone numbers and addresses at the ready is very helpful in these scenarios.
In terms of recovery, your pup can certainly recover from plant poisoning. Poisoning is actually very common in dogs, and veterinarians know exactly how to treat their symptoms. If your dog is treated by a professional, he or she can make a full recovery and run you around in circles as usual!
Dog safe plants for the garden
Now that we’ve reviewed all the scary plants that can hurt your dog, it’s time to take a look at the plants you can put in your garden without fear. And don’t worry, these are absolutely beautiful and will create a beautiful (and safe!) environment for your dog to play in.
- Plush (although dogs hate the smell of this cat!)
- Tea tree
- Bottle brush
- Orchid flower
This list is by no means exhaustive, and there are many types of plants that are good for dogs to chew on to their heart’s content! The best way to plan your garden if you are getting a puppy is to research the toxicity of the plants you wish to add.
You can visit Animal Poison Helpline For more information about household items and plants that are toxic to dogs.
And of course, if you do have some of the plants mentioned above that are toxic to dogs, it’s best to remove them or place them out of your pup’s reach.