Plants that are poisonous to dogs are not only found around the house and on walks. Some of our pets even try to „help” us by digging holes in the garden when we are planting or by digging up newly planted plants. Remember that some plants are harmful to them. Find out which plants can seriously harm your dog.
Chestnut fruit, or chestnuts and apple seeds
Most pets love to play and run after things. However, be careful that, in early summer or autumn, they do not choose a beautifully-smelling chestnut or a round and tasty apple instead of a ball. The seeds of the latter cause anxiety, difficulty in breathing and even collapse.
Garden plants poisonous to dogs: Potato tubers and crocus bulbs
Harmful to animals are raw potato tubers. Even their green parts are toxic. So don’t let your pet dig them up himself from the vegetable garden. Remember that all species of the Solanaceae family, to which the potato belongs, are toxic. During autumn work, be careful when planting bulbs too. Crocus bulbs, among others, contain dangerous compounds.
Elderberries and yew
Colourful balls in the garden are undoubtedly a nice decoration. However, do not allow animals to eat the summer-ripening elderberries and yew. The latter is one of the most damaging ornamental plants in the garden. If your dog likes to nibble on the branches of plants, remember that every part of this shrub is poisonous and can seriously harm him.
Grapes and ivy
Ivy stems climbing up the pergola are poisonous in their entirety, not only to dogs but to humans as well. Grapes, which are tasty to us, harm dogs and damage their kidneys. Wintergreen ivy causes stomach irritation, vomiting, convulsions and death.
Peach and cherry seeds
Few people know that even an apple or a faint peach can cause illness and trouble. The seeds of some fruits contain toxic compounds for them. However, if your dog eats even a fragment of a poisonous plant, it may cause diarrhoea, vomiting or even death.
Sapphires and narcissi
Protect your dog from narcissi and sapphires planted on your patio. To avoid poisoning, place them in containers that the animals cannot knock over.
If you have a bulb bed, you can plant the bulbs in plastic baskets, specially designed for this purpose. This will make it more difficult for animals to access them.
Oleander and cyclamen
Beware of oleanders! Summer pots on the terrace pose a serious threat to the health of our pets. They can cause stomach irritation, abnormal heart function and even death. Cyclamen contain toxic saponins which cause mouth and stomach irritation, breathing difficulties, vomiting, diarrhoea and even death.
Lily of the valley and foxglove
Among the perennials, there are also some that you should avoid if you have a dog. Lily of the valley and foxglove contain cardiac glycosides which, when ingested, can cause heart rhythm disorders, stomach irritation, vomiting, convulsions and death.
Hydrangea, azaleas and rhododendrons
Among decorative shrubs, very popular in our flowerbeds, hydrangeas are dangerous. They contain toxic glycoside compounds which cause stomach pain, weakness and vomiting, as well as azaleas and rhododendrons.