Safe and Toxic Plants for Dogs
by Pet Qwerks Toys on October 28, 2018
Just as our canine companions love Fun Dog Toys, we love our gardens and the plants that grow in them. For many of us, gardening is a soothing activity. Others find it a good hobby. Still others have the green thumb that ensures botanical mastery!
While greenery has many advantages, dog owners have to stop and think before planting anything. Certain plants, you see, are toxic to dogs! We have compiled a brief list below of some of the most common house plants to help you distinguish those from the non-toxic ones.
Let us get started then…
Toxic Plant 1 – Pothos
The green vines of the pothos plants can brighten up a place. They are extremely low maintenance plants that don’t mind growing indoors. That is why they are found in many homes. The problem is that pothos is toxic for both cats and dogs. Ingestion of any part of the pothos plant can be painful for dogs since it causes:
- Irritation of the mouth
- Breathing difficulties
- Foaming at the mouth
Non-Toxic Plant 1 ¬– Spider Plants
Another common house hold plant. It is a growers’ favorite because it is low maintenance and quite hardy. It is also available in two varieties, i.e., variegated and curly. They don’t need much sunlight, which is why you might also be keeping some inside your home. In this case, since the plant is non-toxic, it will need protection from your pets and not the other way around.
Toxic Plant 2 – Cannabis
Whether your dog ingests cannabis as raw plant matter or some other form, it can poison the animal! In fact, vets see a large number of cases of pet cannabis poisoning because it is that common! The culprit behind the poisoning is a chemical called delta nine tetrahydrocannabinol. It can result in the following symptoms in dogs:
- Uncoordinated movement
- Respiratory trouble
Non-Toxic Plant 2 ¬– True Palms
The next name on the list of non-toxic plants are the true palms. If you have ever grown this plant, you might be familiar with its many varieties. Most of these are safe to be kept within a house that also has pets. The safer varieties include Areca, Pony tail, and Parlor palms. Keep in mind that palms and cycads aren’t the same though. A cycad like sago plant is extremely toxic to dogs!
Toxic Plant 3 – Autumn Crocus
The next deadly plant on the list is the Autumn Crocus. While the whole plant is poisonous, the toxins are concentrated in the bulbs. If a bulb is ingested by a dog, they would be in extreme pain and discomfort! The symptoms include:
- Intense burning in the mouth
- Liver and kidney disorders
- Heart arrhythmias
Remember that there are other household plants that can harm your pets. By doing your research before bringing any plant home, you can keep your dog safe. It might be time to stop worrying about Indestructible Dog Toys and take a stroll in your garden/backyard!