It’s lovely to have your dog with you when you’re outside, no matter what you are doing.
Naturally you always keep an eye out for things that could harm your dog. However, potentially poisonous plants may not be on your radar…but they should be.
When exploring, dogs lead with their noses. And sometimes they’ll smell something and seem to think, ‘Hmm…this smells interesting. I wonder what it tastes like?’ Next thing you know, they’ve got a mouthful of who knows what.
Out in the field or on a walk in the forest
Walking with your dog in a field or in the forest is great fun, but you need to stay alert, especially if your dog strays off the path.
Many woodland plants can not only lead to a miserable rash on your skin, they can affect your dog’s skin as well, especially the pads on their feet.
Walking somewhere with wildflowers? Be careful: Lilies, Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Foxglove, Violets, Bluebells, Crocuses, Ivy and even Daffodils can be dangerous to dogs.
In the Park
Think you’re safe taking your dog for a walk in the park? Maybe not. Many plants used in formal landscaping can be harmful. Flowers such as Tulips, Begonias, Poppies, Peonies, and Hydrangeas. And it’s not only the blossoms, leaves, and stems of these plants that may cause your pup distress if he eats them – so can the roots, bulbs, and seeds.
In Your Garden
Both Potato and Tomato plants can mean trouble. Rhubarb and Sweet Peas are other dangers. Onions, both the plant and the onion itself, are very dangerous to dogs and should never be given to them.
Even some fruits, including Grapes, Raisins, and Avocados can be extremely dangerous. Also keep your dog away from Apricot and Peach stones, as well as Apple seeds all of these contain toxins which can harm your dog.
Even some houseplants can be dangerous to dogs. Lilies, Amaryllis and Poinsettia plants should be kept out of your dog’s reach.
Even an arrangement from the florist can spell danger if it includes Chrysanthemums or Gypsophila.
Some of these plants can be deadly to dogs, and others may only cause skin irritations. The symptoms are varied, and may take several days to develop.
Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea can all be indications of poisoning, and you should take your dog to the vet to be checked out.
If you think you dog may have eaten one of these plants, let your vet know the plant and also if the dog ate the fruit or flower, the stem, leaves, all of it. Some parts of the plants are more dangerous than others.
Don’t Go in a Panic!
Numerous plants can pose a danger to your dog, but in the overall scheme of things, only a very small percentage of plants are a real concern.
Take a few minutes to research the plants in your garden, your house, and in the areas where you commonly walk your dog.
Find out which ones are potentially harmful, and what symptoms to look out for. Taking just a few precautions will allow you to safely enjoy outings with your dog.