October 25, 2010

Plants that are Poisonous to your Dog’s Health

Filed under: poisoned pet — Dr. Amber Reed @ 9:21 am

Whether we are talking about household plants, landscaping plants, or even human food crops, there are a wide range of plants that can be poisonous to your dogs health.  Every dog owner who is considering getting some new plants to freshen up their home or yard should carefully research safe plants to ensure they are not dangerous for your pets.  The following list describes some common plants that are poisonous to dogs but is by no means a comprehensive list.  If you are concerned about your dog’s safety, check the facts about the plants you plan to buy.

In the home, dogs sometimes chew inappropriately, and plants are no exception to the items they will chew.  Dogs are fairly flexible with what they will eat and this means household plants can cause a serious danger to your pet.

  • Aloe Vera causes vomiting, diarrhea, and tremors
  • Asparagus Ferns cause vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain and with prolonged exposure may lead to allergic dermatitis.
  • Azaleas cause vomiting, diarrhea, excess salivation, weakness, and in severe cases coma, cardiovascular problems, and even death
  • Chrysanthemums cause impaired coordination, diarrhea, vomiting, excess salivation, and allergic dermatitis
  • Gardenias cause vomiting and diarrhea
  • Geraniums cause vomiting, depression, anorexia, and dermatitis

In addition to standard house plants, many outdoor plants and human crops are dangerous for dogs.

  • American Holly causes diarrhea, vomiting, and depression
  • Apple stems, leaves, and seeds cause pupils to dilate as well as breathing problems and shock
  • Avocado leaves, seeds, bark, and fruit cause vomiting and diarrhea
  • Black Walnuts often carry a mold that causes tremors and seizures
  • Castor Bean plants cause mouth irritation, excessive thirst, vomiting, diarrhea, kidney failure, and in severe cases death
  • Daffodils cause vomiting, diarrhea, excess salivation, and convulsions
  • Grapes can cause kidney failure and death
  • Onions and garlic can lead to the breakdown of red blood cells as well as cause vomiting, panting, weakness, increased heart rate, and blood in the urine.

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