Is Bougainvillea Poisonous to Dogs?

Updated November 21, 2016

There are many species of plants that cause adverse effects in dogs. Bougainvillea is a garden plant found in many yards that is considered mildly toxic if ingested by dogs.


Bougainvillea is most commonly found in the warmer climates of the United States. This plant is an evergreen vine that is grown as a hedge, ground cover or a tree. Bougainvillea is available in a wide variety of colours including yellow, white, lavender, orange, red, pink, scarlet and purple. Bougainvillea is a warm weather plant that blooms in early spring and winter.


Bougainvillea is considered a mildly poisonous plant if ingested by dogs.


According to the Minnesota Department Of Health, a plant that is listed as non-toxic for animals may not cause serious health problems, but dogs can still suffer from ill effects after ingestion. Gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhoea and vomiting are the most commonly seen in dogs after plant ingestion.


Dogs that ingest bougainvillea or any other type of garden plant, should be taken to a veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment if symptoms persist or are severe.

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