Do you know what plants are dangerous for dogs?

Having a dog is fun, exciting and loving. However to keep it this way you must be able to have your dog leave things on command. This comes in very helpful when out on walks to stop them eating rubbish, poop, grass, sticks and plants. Training your dog the "leave it" command can be taught in our one-to-one dog training sessions or part of the complete 6 week puppy course. Speak with one of our trainers for more info.


There are many plants commonly found in home and gardens in the UK, which could prove lethal to dogs and especially puppies (who LOVE to chew everything) - not to mention yourself and your children.


It is very important before you bring your dog home and allow it out in the garden that you check for the following plants. Some of these are very harmful and could kill your new dog or make them very ill.


Below is a list of some of those plants with the effects they can have if eaten - even in small quantities.

AZALEA

Poisonous Part: Entire plant

Effects on dogs: Paralysis of the muscles, including the heart. Depression of central nervous system. Sometimes fatal.


Tips: The flower on this plant can come in many colours. Most common are Pink, Purple, White, Red and Yellow.



BIRD OF PARADISES (Strelitziaceae)

Poisonous Part: seed pods and entire plant

Effects on dogs: Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, Stomach irritation/diarrhoea/convulsions


Tip: This plant is most dangerous when it is budding but you should still keep your dog away from it at all time.


RANUNCULUS

Poisonous Part: seed pods and entire plant

Effects on dogs: Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, Stomach irritation/diarrhoea/convulsions


Tip: The flower on this plant can come in many colours. Most common are pink, white, red and yellow.






CALLA LILY

Poisonous Part: Entire plant

Effects on dogs: Intense burning sensation/ irritation of the mouth and stomach


Tip: This flower comes in many colours and the most common are: white, purple, blue, pink and black.



CASTOR BEAN (Ricinus)

Poisonous Part: Entire plant but especially the seeds

Effects on dogs: Burning sensation in the mouth. Eating two or more seeds may cause serious illness/death


Tip: The seeds of this can get stuck in your dogs fur and around the stomach part of your dog. Make sure to check your dog over to clear away any hidden ones that your dog could eat later once found.



DAFFODIL (Narcissus)

Poisonous Part: Bulb

Effects on dogs: Severe vomiting and diarrhoea, trembling, convulsions and sometimes death


Tip: These can blossom every year from the same bulb. It is best to dig these up so your dog doesn't do it later.

DAPHNE

Poisonous Part: Entire plant

Effects on dogs: Burning and ulceration of stomach and intestines, bloody vomiting and diarrhoea


Tip: There are over 10 types of Daphne and we recommend you check this link to find out more.



ENGLISH IVY

Poisonous Part: Leaves/berries

Effects on dogs: General excitement, difficulty breathing, coma, vomiting, diarrhoea, weakness, collapse, Severe but temporary digestive upset


Tip: These are often found growing up buildings or tree's in woodlands.

HOLLY

Poisonous Part: Berries

Effects on dogs: General excitement, difficulty breathing, coma, vomiting, diarrhoea, weakness, collapse, Severe but temporary digestive upset


Tip: These become very common around christmas when added to home decorations. It is recommend that you use fake ones instead.


IRIS

Poisonous Part: Leaves, roots & fleshy portions

Effects on dogs: General excitement, difficulty breathing, coma, vomiting, diarrhoea, weakness, collapse, Severe but temporary digestive upset


Tip: You are more likely to find these in late spring to early summer when they bud and blossom.




JERUSALEM CHERRY

Poisonous Part: Berries

Effects on dogs: Vomiting, diarrhoea and collapse


Tip: These are normally house plants but can be found outside



OLEANDER

Poisonous Part: Entire Plant

Effects on dogs: Nausea, depression, bloody diarrhoea, weakened and irregular pulse and Paralysis


Tip: its bitterness renders it unpalatable to humans and most animals, however it is still dangerous.

POINSETTIA

Poisonous Part: Leaves and stem

Effects on dogs: Diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, delirium. Sap can cause skin irritation. If rubbed in eyes, blindness.


Tip: These can often be found in supermarkets and come with a warning label. Make sure if you get this to keep it high up from dogs.

PRIVET

Poisonous Part: Entire plant

Effects on dogs: Bloody vomiting, diarrhoea, severe irritation of the digestive tract, general nervous symptoms


Tip: You will see many hedges made with this, it is one of the most common used plants for gardens. If you have to walk past it keep a close eye on your dog.


RHUBARB

Poisonous Part: Leaves

Effects on dogs: Vomiting, severe abdominal pain, muscle cramps and in large quantities, convulsions, coma or death.


Tip: This plant is one of the most dangerous plants for dogs and you really want to keep your puppy away from this.


It is not safe to assume that just because you can eat one part of a plant, the rest isn't poisonous. For instance, although we eat peaches, both the stone and leaf contain cyanide. Apricots also contain cyanide and children have actually died from eating too many apricot kernels. Although rhubarb stalks are good to eat, the leafy portion has been known to cause fatalities in humans.


If your dog is showing any signs of the above effects on dogs that you seek medical advice from your vet immediately.

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