August 17, 2012

Harmful And Toxic Plants To Dogs

As we live our normal lives and enjoying the beautiful weather outside, attending to our beautiful gardens and plants in the backyard to keep them healthy and blooming, we unknowingly grow plants that unfortunately may be harmful and toxic to our furry friends. We hardly think about these things because we grow up with plants in our yard, and we planted them to beautify our surrounding, and we are totally unaware and hardly think that some of these fruits, fruits, and leaves are toxic to animals especially to our dogs. When we have dogs and/or cats, we do need to be mindful which plants are toxic and harmful to them to avoid a n emergency trip to the veterinary to find out what is wrong with our pet when all of a sudden she/he shows some signs of vomiting, abnormalities in his/her health.

One known toxic flower plants to dogs is the Oleander, also called a Rose Bay. Oleander is among the most known harmful flowering landscaping plant to your dog. As beautiful as it is, just one leaf of this plant can be very poisonous to your dog and can be fatal and deadly if not attended to right away.

Other popular plant that we may grow in our yard for easy access as medicinal plant when we have cuts and bruises is an Aloe Vera. Although Aloe Vera is very beneficial to humans in so many ways, it is quite toxic and can be a poison to your dog if she/he ever got curious to this plant and accidentally swallow and digest the latex part of the Aloe Vera which is under the green skin of the leaf. So if you have to grow Aloe Vera, try to put them in a higher spot in a pot where your dog will not have an access to it.

Grape fruits are also known to be toxic to our furry dog best friend, so be mindful if you are growing this delicious fruit and its gravevine or vine plant in your backyard to make sure that your dog will stay away from it and not eat any of the fruits. Some dogs get curious and take a bite of the grape fruit, and if digested, this can be toxic to them.

I found this video that talked about Oleander and other plants that are or may be toxic to animals especially dogs, so its definitely worth watching because they are quite common in many household and many pet owners are unaware that some of these plants are actually dangerous and poisonous to our dogs:

We dont always follow every single minute what our dogs are doing while they are out in our backyard relaxing and enjoying the beautiful weather. Dogs are known to be very curious and particularly love to check out something foreign things that normally they dont know about. You just have to be watchful and mindful whenever your dog started to act differently, show signs of vomiting and upset stomach, and if she/he is showing any of these signs after prolong stay outside, chances are he/she got interested in plants and trees and eventually shallowed leaves or fruits or flowers that might be harmful to your dog. When you are not sure what is happening to your dog, or what she/he ate while outdoors, it is best to consult your veterinarian to make sure than she/he will be treated properly right away, and with all the symptoms and signs that you observe it is best to bring him/her to the vet soon enough before any symptoms get any worse, its always best to think safety first, better safe than sorry.

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1 comment:

Matthew said...

Thanks for the post. I always get nervous when i see the dogs chewing on a plant or grass.

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