Are magnolia flowers poisonous to dogs?

Updated November 21, 2016

Dogs are often curious about plants and may taste a leaf or two, which can be a problem for those who have poisonous plants in their yards. The magnolia bush produces fragrant flowers and is non-toxic to domestic animals.


The magnolia bush is a popular plant that comes in over 70 different varieties. The Lily magnolia reaches heights of 12 feet and can be as wide as 15 feet. This plant produces fragrant flowers in shades of purple. The M. Elizabeth is another species of magnolia bush that produces a lovely yellow flower.


Dogs who ingest the flowers of a magnolia bush may suffer from a few gastrointestinal symptoms, but usually do not become very ill. According to the ASPCA, the magnolia flower is considered non-toxic for dogs, horses and cats.


While magnolia flowers are non-toxic to dogs, any plant material ingested by dogs can cause adverse health effects. Symptoms such as vomiting, depression and diarrhoea are common effects seen in dogs. Mild symptoms usually require no veterinary treatment, however, dogs who have ongoing symptoms should be evaluated by their veterinarian.

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