Poisonous Plants to Keep Your Dog Away From
Did you know you might have dog poison lurking in your flowerbed, your window box, or in your entry hall? One of the most common sources of dog poisoning is from an unexpected source: plants. Plain, ordinary, or exotic, your plants could pose a serious threat to your dog. There are many common houseplants and landscaping plants that are toxic to dogs, including most types of flowers frequently found in flowerbeds. Every year, many puppies and adult dogs get sick from chewing on toxic plants. Some of these dogs even die.
Dogs are very interested in digging up plants or in sampling a leaf or two. Puppies will (and have) eaten everything they’re left alone with, and older dogs still get tempted from time to time to chew and dig. If you have the wrong kinds of plants in your yard, or poisonous houseplants in the house, your dog could have a reaction to the poison. Most toxic plants do not cause death to dogs in small doses, but there are cases of severe reactions that include irregular heartbeat, cardiac shock, renal (kidney) failure, or even death.
Dog owners often think that if they’ve child proofed their house at one time or other, it’s also dog-proof. This is not true. Many plants that are safe around children are not safe around dogs. Plants like lilies and hibiscus, for example, are considered safe around humans. However, they can be dangerous or even fatal to dogs. Other plants, like mistletoe, might be brought in for the holidays and can prove fatal to your dog.
Here are some of the most common poisonous houseplants to dogs. When you get a new puppy, give these common houseplants away to friends or family for the sake of your pet’s health.
Poisonous Houseplants to Dogs
- Asparagus fern
- Dragon tree
- Jade tree
- Satin pathos
Although plants add beauty to your home, they can also be a possible source of poison to curious pets. You can keep your pet dog safe from the risk of plant poisoning by keeping toxic plants out of his reach, or supervising your dog carefully anytime he is around questionable foliage.
Flower arrangements can also be a potential source of poison to adventurous dogs. They might leap up on the kitchen table while you’re away, nibble on a carnation, and get sick. If you must leave your puppy unattended for a short period of time, make sure that any floral arrangements have been put away in a room with a closed door. Most flowers are toxic to dogs.
Outdoor Plant Poisoning
Many common outdoor landscaping plants are also toxic to dogs or cats, and if these plants are in your yard they are posing a risk to your dog’s health. If you have any of these plants in your yard, consider removing them or putting a small fence around them to prevent your dog from getting into them. If you choose to keep these plants in your yard, pets should be supervised in the yard at all times. The temperament of your dog can also be taken into consideration, since some dogs are much more prone to chewing and digging than other dogs.
Poisonous Landscaping Plants to Dogs
- American Holly
- Apricot and Apple trees
- Baby’s Breath
- Bergamot Orange
- Bird of Paradise
- Bishop’s Weed
- Black Nightshade
- Castor Bean Plant
- Cherry Tree
- Citrus Trees, including Orange, Lemon, and Lime
- Desert Rose
- Japanese Yew
- Leeks and Onions
- Lily of the Valley
- Morning Glory
- Plum Tree
- Poison Parsnip, Poison Daisy, Poison Hemlock
- Rose of Sharon
- Sago palm
- Skunk Cabbage
- Wild Coffee
Other Hazards in the Yard
Also be aware that compost piles should be kept away from dogs, as they can be full of poisonous substances. Coffee grounds are often included in composting because they accelerate the composting process, but coffee is toxic to dogs and can be very dangerous to your pet. If you would like a complete list of all plants that are toxic to dogs, please see this complete list on the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals website.
Preventing dog poisoning is relatively simple. Start out by educating yourself on the plants that could be harmful to your pet, and then work to eliminate these plants form your pet’s everyday environment. In some cases, you may choose to place an offending plant far out of reach rather than discard it, but remember that your pet’s health and safety is at stake.
Having a safe place for your pet to retreat to is a key step in ensuring the health of your dog. Pamper your pet with a designer dog bed from DenHaus, which can be a great place to kennel up your dog while you’re getting rid of poisonous plants in the yard.