Poisonous Plants that are Toxic to Dogs

Part of being mummy or daddy to a furry family member is keeping them safe. While many might think that Fido is safe in the back yard as long as the fences are high, the gates are closed, and chemical fertilisers and the like are locked away, it’s sadly not that simple…


There is a wide array of common house and garden plants which are in fact toxic to dogs. If consumed, even in small quantities, they can cause everything from vomiting to kidney failure and even death.

Toxic Vegetable Garden PlantsRHUBARB-PLANT
• Rhubarb
• Tomato plants
• Toadstools
• Green potatoes
• Onions


Toxic Plants that cause rashes include:

• Agapanthus
• Cactus
• Poison ivy
• Primrose
• Chrysanthemum
• Sumac
• Wandering Je

Toxic Plants that cause vomiting, gas, diarrhoea, tremor or hallucination include:freesia-PGI
• Agapanthus
• Aster
• Gypsophilia (Baby’s breath)
• Carnation
• Jonquil
• Daffodil
• Freesia
• Hydrangea
• Holly
• Peony
• Poinsettia
• Calla lily
• Chrysanthemum
• Ivy
• Hyacinth
• Tulip
• Lilac
• Gladiola
• Amaryllis
• Morning Glory

Toxic Plants that cause damage to organs (kidney, liver, heart) include:azalea-m
• Azalea (minute amounts)
• Crocus
• Juniper
• Foxglove
• Lilies





Toxic Plants that cause DEATH include:

• Azalea (large amounts)
• Cyclamen
• Delphinium
• Lantana
• Oleander
• Daphne
• Mistletoe
• Sago palm
• Rhododendron
• Larkspur
• Foxglove
• Brunfelsia (Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow)
• Stephanotis (Madagascar Jasmine)

These lists are not comprehensive; for more information, go to the website of the US PET POISON HOTLINE as recommended by the RSPCA:  http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poisons/

Most dogs will naturally avoid those plants that are poisonous to them, but sometimes boredom, curiosity, natural inquisitiveness, or even plain stupidity win – and your dog can suffer the consequences of sniffing, smelling, and tasting everything in sight. Teach your dog not to eat any plant matter at all.

Sometimes dogs will eat plants as a way of adding fibre to their diet. It’s a great idea to add some bran flakes to dog food to avoid them snacking on your garden.

If you notice your dog has vomiting, diarrhoea, abnormal urine, salivation, weakness or laboured breathing, suspect poisoning and take him to the vet immediately.

If you have a pet dog, it’s advisable to avoid having these plants in the house or garden where Fido can access them. Doing so may just save you a lot of money in vet bills – and may even save his life.

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