Poisonous garden plants for dogs

Poisonous garden plants for dogs

Many hobby gardeners often overlook that potentially dangerous plants for dogs are growing in their own garden. They even plant them themselves out of ignorance.

Therefore it’s important to check before every purchase if the plant is poisonous for your dog. Especially young dogs nibble on or touch poisonous plants. They want to explore the world and therefor they drag, bite and chew on different things. But adult dogs should not be at an unnecessary risk as well.

It’s getting critical, if the dog owner doesn’t know that particular plants are poisonous. For example one does not necessarily consider ivy as a potential risk for puppies.

No matter if puppy or adult dog: nibbling on plants can be a hint for boredom. Therefore arrange for enough occupation so the dogs don’t go for a dangerous exploration in the garden.

This subject doesn’t need to be dramatized but it must not be underrated. It is reasonable to know at least the most popular poisonous plants or rather keeping them out of the garden. Besides ivy the following examples are counted among the most poisonous ones:

Azalea Hyacinth
Wisteria Crown imperial
Box tree Lupine
Anemone Lily of the valley
Yew Mistletoe
Aconite Poppy
Angel’s Trompet Narcissus
Digitalis Rhododendron
Honeysuckle Delphinium
Cytisus Robinia
Genista Primrose
Golden chain Daphne
Autumn crocus Tulip
Hydrangea Spurge


The dangerous amount of intake fluctuates depending on the type of plant because concentration and characteristics of the toxin are clearly distinct.

Watching your dog eating a plant, you should immediately get it out of range. It is advisable to keep the plant because of later occurring symptoms, a diagnosis and appropriate treatment. If you are insecure about the poisonousness of the plant you should watch the behaviour of your dog carefully. Calling the poison emergency number can also be a valuable assistance. The symptoms vary and range from coordination and breathing disorders to retching, drooling, vomiting, circulatory disturbance or diarrhoea. In case of poisoning immediate action is needed. In doubt, definitely visit the vet and please don’t try yourself to get your dog vomiting the plant parts.


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