Are plants dangerous to dogs?
It is easy to forget that some of the plants we are commonly used to seeing in our gardens and homes can actually pose a threat to the health and welfare of our precious pets. In some cases they can even prove poisonous and so it’s important to learn which varieties pose a threat. Many common plants have some element of toxicity or irritation but will cause nothing more than an upset stomach. Others are very toxic, although may need to be eaten in large quantities to do serious harm.
Whilst we as humans understand that if it’s not a food plant we shouldn’t eat it, dogs aren’t quite as fussy, although some naturally won’t eat plants that are poisonous to them. If you suspect that your dog has ingested a poisonous plant you should immediately seek veterinary advice, even if they do not appear to be unwell. You should do your best to take a sample of the plant in question to the vet also.
Which plants are poisonous to dogs?
According to the Kennel Club, the UK’s largest organisation dedicated to the welfare of dogs, some of the most common house and garden plants which are poisonous to dogs are:
- Amaryllis bulbs
- Asparagus fern
- Daffodil bulbs
- Day lilies
- Lily of the valley
- Morning glory
- Rhubarb leaves
- Sweet pea
- Tulip bulbs
- Umbrella plant
The Dogs Trust has created a factsheet with a list of plants which have varying toxicity to dogs, which is also very useful when studying what plants are poisonous to dogs.
What indoor plants are poisonous to dogs?
When buying a house plant for yourself or as a gift for someone with children or pets, it is important to check the label for toxicity warnings and do some research. Popular Christmas gifts such as pointsettia plants, lillies and amaryllis and decorative Christmas foliage, such as holly and mistletoe, can cause serious harm to dogs.
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At Barking Mad Dog Care, we understand that dogs really do become part of the family. It can be worrying when you have to go away and leave your dog and you may be concerned about their welfare. At Barking Mad, we provide reassurance by completing a pet schedule with you and placing your dog in a loving host family home. Pet owners who use our award-winning dog home boarding service, provide all their dog’s usual food, treats, bedding and other essentials, so that continuity is ensured for their best friend.
Barking Mad, the UK’s leading home dog boarding provider, assumes no liability for the content of this page. This advice is not a substitute for a proper consultation with a vet and is only intended as a guide. Please contact your local veterinary practice for advice or treatment immediately if you are worried about your pet’s health – even if they are closed, they will always have an out of hours service available.