Plants & flowers that are dangerous for dogs

Written by yuurei serai | 13/05/2017
Plants & flowers that are dangerous for dogs
Not all plants are safe for our furry friends. (Image by, courtesy of Gonzalo García Jaubert)

Planting a garden is lovely and enjoyable, but for people with dogs, gardening may be a source of anxiety, especially since some plants are poisonous to dogs. However, you can create a dog-friendly yard by avoiding plants that may harm your buddy.


Plants & flowers that are dangerous for dogs
Hyacinths cause your dogs to vomit. (Image by, courtesy of Wayne Silver)

Planting certain bulbs in your garden may be a bad idea, especially if your dog likes to dig. Iris, hyacinth, tulips and narcissus bulbs poison the ground around them after a period of time, causing vomiting, diarrhoea and anorexia in dogs.

Flowering Plants and Perennials

Plants & flowers that are dangerous for dogs
Although pretty, foxgloves may cause cardiac arrest in dogs. (Image by, courtesy of John Haslam)

Flowering plants and perennials such as foxgloves, tomatoes, morning glories and hydrangeas have poisonous leaves harmful to dogs. If eaten, these plants may cause cardiac arrest and death in dogs. Poinsettias may cause mouth and stomach irritation, often leading to severe vomiting.


Plants & flowers that are dangerous for dogs
(Image by, courtesy of Jesse Yardley)

Branching ivy and English ivy are among the many types of dangerous ivy species. With ivy, the leaves are the most poisonous part of the plant and cause hypersalivation, stomach pain and diarrhoea.


Plants & flowers that are dangerous for dogs
Yew trees cause seizures. (red berryes image by Marek Kosmal from

Yew, avocado and Chinaberry are among the trees that cause seizures, cardiac failure and muscle tremors in dogs. Other poisonous trees include macadamia, lacy tree and schefflera, which cause a burning sensation in the dog's mouth and problems swallowing.

Uncategorized Plants

Plants & flowers that are dangerous for dogs
Although pretty, azaleas can quickly kill your dog by causing nerve damage and heart failure. (azalea macro image by nTripp from

Planting bird of paradise, caladium, clematis and azaleas are a bad idea if your dog likes to nose around in the garden. Some of their effects include drowsiness, vomiting, depression, coma, leg paralysis, weak heartbeat, nerve damage and even death.

Preventing Harm

Plants & flowers that are dangerous for dogs
Keeping you dog away from toxic plants will keep her safe and happy for years to come. (crazy cocker spaniel image by Aleksander from

Building a sturdy fence or not planting plants dangerous to dogs will spare your pet from illness or death. If you have these plants in your garden, build a dog run or constantly watch your dog to make sure he does not ingest the flowers.

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