Tips & Tricks for your dog

Eat This, Not That: Flowers and Plants Dogs Shouldn’t Eat

Although it’s just a good idea to keep your dog from eating anything outside at all, that’s not necessarily possible. Plenty of dogs like to eat grass, whether for an upset stomach or just because, and that habit will likely extend to leaves and plants in the area if you’ve got a pooch that prefers the outdoors. 

Unfortunately, there are some plants and flowers that just aren’t safe for dogs. From daffodils to daisies and everything in between, here’s a list of plants to keep away from your dogs (or to keep them away from, as the case may be). 

Flowers to Avoid

  • Amaryllis
  • Azalea
  • Birds of Paradise
  • Daffodils
  • Daisies
  • Eucalyptus
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydrangea
  • Iris
  • Calla Lily
  • Morning Glory
  • Rhododendron
  • Tulips

Plants Your Pooch Can’t Have

  • Jade
  • Tomato Plants
  • Acorn Squash
  • Aloe
  • Aluminum Plant
  • Japanese Yew
  • Philodendrons
  • Sago Palm

The ASPCA has a full list with photos for those who want to know every single plant and flower that could potentially be toxic for their dogs. However, you should generally avoid those listed here, and watch for anything else that might cause a reaction. 

What if My Dog Gets into Them Anyway?

Just because your dog shouldn’t ingest these plants and flowers doesn’t mean they won’t. They’re dogs, after all. Many plants can upset their stomachs, but if they are toxic, they can produce much more serious side effects. 

Dogs that eat poisonous plants may experience:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Drooling or excessive salivation
  • Twitching or shaking
  • Organ damage
  • Other symptoms not listed here

If your dog appears to be experiencing severe symptoms, your first step will be to contact your vet to determine if emergency care is needed. If they just seem a little under the weather or are throwing up and you think they might have eaten something, do your best to get them to drink water and prevent future ingestion of the plant. 

Keep an eye on them for worsening symptoms, but if the exposure was limited, they should be fine in a day or two. And of course, understand that this doesn’t constitute medical advice and you should always talk to your vet to be safe and ensure that your pet’s best interests are at hand. 

Final Thoughts

Your pets are always going to find ways to make you a little crazy. Your dog eating the garden shouldn’t make you concerned for his safety, too. Now that you know what to watch for, you can keep your furry family members safe. Contact Dog Training Now Charelston to learn more!

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