I remember when we first brought Yianni home and we had made all of the necessary preparations with his new puppy dog bed, fun dog toys, food, dog treats and moved any breakables that could be damaged in those crazy run around puppy moments.
Yianni was our first dog and so the dog world was completely new to us making google and dog forums our must have and most used internet tabs for about 6 months at least.
With all of our research and preparations indoors we didn’t even think or research the dangers that the garden can hold for a puppy that wants to investigate every smell and even taste anything that resembles food!
On our first visit to our garden Yianni became obsessed with a certain flower we had in our garden and this triggered the thought and slight panic ‘is it okay for him to be around that plant? Hang on are all of our plants safe for dogs in our garden?!”
We took him straight in doors and did not go back into the garden until we had researched every single plant – I think we even checked that grass was okay!
We love having flowers in our garden but we are not avid gardeners so knowing the names of the plants was the hardest part! (With this in mind I have added photo’s to help those out there that are like us.)
Luckily they were all safe and not harmful for our new little pup, so we could go into the garden with peace of mind that if Yianni did nibble on a plant when we weren’t looking, it would not cause him any harm.
Not every dog is interested in eating everything in sight but as dog owners with two dogs that did have this tendency we want to provide a list of common plants that you should avoid.
(lilies of the genera Lilium and Hermerocallis - Lily of the valley, lily bulbs) We just tend to steer clear of all lilies!
Castor bean, Ricinus communis
Jimson weed, Datura
Wild Cherry, Prunus avium
Autumn Crocus Wildflowers
Please be aware that there is a surprisingly large amount of plants that can be dangerous and this is just a small list of the ones we have found. So if your garden plants are not mentioned above please do check with your vet or research further the plants your dog is exposed to.
The most common signs of poisoning are:
- Excessive drooling
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty breathing
- Tiredness or weakness
- High heart rate
- Depressed behaviour
- Dry mouth and/or eyes
- Blood in stool or vomit
- Increased thirst
If you think that your dog maybe suffering from plant poisoning seek veterinary advice immediately. Each plant can bring on several or all the symptoms listed above, so if you can take a sample of the suspected plant with you to the consultation as this may help with diagnoses and treatment.
We hope this information has been helpful and if you do any of the above or have any suggestions we would love to hear in the comments below!
Love from the Aurora Pets Team x