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Smart and Safe Gardening; Know Which Plants Are Harmful To Your Pet

Posted by Scott Pollak on

Our homes are a small ecosystem even though we may not look at it that way.  From our family (human), our plants, and of course, our beloved animals. As we add or even subtract items from our home, a constant checking of the interaction between them, must constantly be evaluated to ensure that it is free from any dangers that may result whenever they come in contact with each other. As your house plants add beauty inside or your outside garden is the framing of your home, both are accessible to your pets and certain varieties of plants; however, are poisonous and can kill your pets, especially dogs.

Those plants that usually kill are only harmful when digested by the animal. Puppies are most vulnerable as their immune system is far from established and many puppies love to chew on anything available.

Many common holiday plants brought into the home are harmful. When these plants are digested the most visible common symptoms are vomiting, loss of appetite, and lethargy. If you ever witness your pet exhibiting any such symptoms, even though you cannot trace it to a specific plant or event, it is highly recommended that you visit with a veterinarian immediately. If left untreated, kidney failure can ensue. Poisoning caused by plants is an emergency, you could induce vomiting and give milk or wash mouth with water. However, be very careful whenever you are inducing your pet to vomit. Make sure you understand what type of plant that he ate first before making him do so.

The following are some very common plants that are considered dangerous. If you see them digest any of these, you must make them vomit right away:

Holly
Poinsettia
Attractive berries on many decorative plants
English ivy
Daffodil
Tulip
Wisteria bulbs
Foxglove, larkspur
Lilly of the valley, monkshood, oleander
Holly
Lily
Mistletoe
Rhubarb
Yew
Crown of thorns
Belladonna, datura, henbane, Jessamine, jimsonweed
and many more, you can do a simple web search to better familiarize yourself with some plants you may currently have around your home.
You know your pet better than anyone, so if you see that Fido is not being himself, please make a note and if things worsen you need to take action. Lethargy is the one that I usually put on top of the list, if he is not responsive; then, I assume something is really wrong. If he seems happy, tail wagging’ and hungry, but a little off, I do not usually run to the vet, rather I choose not to feed that day and always supply plenty of chicken broth and watch him carefully as many events usually pass and you should not to get overly anxious.

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