Eleven Poisonous Plants to Dogs Eleven Poisonous Plants to Dogs

If you’re a gardener and you own a dog, you should know which plants are poisonous to dogs. These include wild plants as well as plants that you may grow indoors or in your garden.

Dogs will sniff, chew and eat almost anything—especially when they are puppies. For this reason, it is not uncommon for veterinarian hospital’s to treat dogs that have eaten a poisonous plant or bulb. This article will identify and quickly describe 11 plants that are poisonous to dogs so you may be aware of the potential dangers hidden in your garden.

1. Tulips

Tulip bulbs are extremely toxic to canines. Take care while planting and when storing extra bulbs. If you have a dog that likes to dig, plant tulips in an area of your yard that the dog is not allowed to or can not reach.

2. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a common houseplant that is very poisonous to dogs. If consumed, the dog will vomit, refuse to eat and may experience tremors.

3. Asian Lily

The Asian Lily is a popular annual flower that is often available for sale in grocery stores in late spring. It is toxic to dogs, so be  conscientious about where you place the lily plant. Also make sure to pick up fallen leaves.

4. Avocado

The fruit and skin of the avocado is extremely poisonous to dogs as well as cats and horses. The entire avocado tree is toxic to dogs, and a concerned owner should not expose a pet to any part of it.

5. Daffodil

The Daffodil’s bulb, flower, leaves and stem are all poisonous to dogs. However, the bulb is the most poisonous part.

6. Easter Lily

The Easter Lily—a popular flower that blooms in the spring and is often given as a gift around Easter time—is extremely poisonous to dogs. If a pet consumes even the smallest amount of the plant, it may result in death.

7. Foxglove

Foxglove is an annual plant that grows up to 4 feet tall. It is characterized by its cylindrical purple and white blossoms that grow off of the main stalk of the plant. This plant is extremely attractive—especially to bees and birds—but is also very poisonous and is responsible for killing several dogs every season.

8. Holly

Holly is an attractive bush that produces clusters of small red berries during fall. It is poisonous to dogs, however, and its leaves are sharp, making holly a threat mainly during fruiting season.

9. Hyacinth

Hyacinths are beautiful flowers that grow from bulbs and produce a stalk of showy deep purple flowers. This is one of the first bulbs to sprout, but they are toxic when consumed by dogs.

10. Morning Glory

This annual climbing plant contains 4 toxic chemicals which cause hallucinations, disorientation and diarrhea. The seeds of the morning glory have the potential to be the most dangerous and should be kept from dogs.

11. Rhododendrons

The over 250 species of rhododendrons are spread throughout the world, and all of them are toxic to dogs. The majority of animals that consume any part of the rhododendron plant die. However, it is unpalatable to most animals and should not be the cause of too much concern.

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