We all know that our dogs enjoying eating the most odd stuff they can find. Whether is their voracious appetite, natural curiosity, or canine bud taste, they just indulge whatever it is in front on them with much satisfaction and joy, sometimes leading them to health problem or death.
Plants that are poisonous to dogs can be found in our homes, our yards, and also in the wild, and sometimes all it takes is a little bite to lead to an emergency trip to the veterinarian.
These 8 plants are among the most toxic to dogs but definitely not the only ones. If you are concerned about the plants you have on your backyard, inside of your home, or at your favorite dog park, you can find a full list of toxic plants with photos at ASPCA.org, the website of the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The list covers toxic plants for dogs, cats and horses!
Cyclamen: also known as Sowbread, it is a common household flowering plant with poisonous properties to dogs. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, heart abnormalities and death.
Tulip: even though the entire plant of a tulip is considered toxic, it is its bulb that is the most poisonous to dogs. Ingestion can cause significant oral irritation, nausea, and excessive drooling.
Ivy: there are so many types of them, California Ivy, Branching Ivy, Glacier Ivy, Needlepoint Ivy, Sweetheart Ivy, English Ivy, and they all are toxic to your dogs. Symptoms vary from itching to vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hyper salivation.
Sago Palm: The Sago Palm is an extremely poisonous plant to dogs when ingested, causing bloody vomiting and diarrhea, bleeding disorders, liver failure and death.
Amaryllis: mostly popular around Easter time, the beautiful Amaryllis is also poisonous to dogs. Its toxins can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hyper salivation, anorexia, and tremors in dogs.
Dieffenbachia: also known as Dumb Cane, the Dieffenbachia is a common houseplant that can cause oral irritation, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing in dogs. It can also create a burning sensation of the lips, tongue, and mouth.
Elephant’s Ear: also known as Caladium, Taro, Cape and Via, the majestic Elephant’s Ear is very toxic to dogs. Chewing of this plant releases crystals that penetrate tissues ensuing in injury. The toxin in it is similar to the one that is present in the dieffenbachia. Signs of Elephant’s Ears poisoning are vomiting, oral pain, drooling, lack of appetite, pawing at mouth.
Azalea: Ingestion of just a few leaves of Azaleas can cause oral irritation with subsequent vomiting and diarrhea. In severe cases, ingestion can cause a drop in blood pressure, coma, and even death.