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Is Barberry Plant Toxic to Dogs?

Updated November 21, 2016

Barberry plant has been used in years past to treat diarrhoea, relieve upset stomach and improve appetites. The plant is a safe addition to any yard or garden, posing no threat to dogs and other domestic animals.

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Barberry is a shrub that has thorns and may grow to a height of 9 feet. Flowers that are brightly coloured yellow blooms appear between April and June. By fall, the flowers are dark red berries.


According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, although the plant is not toxic to dogs, any animal may experience unpleasant symptoms from ingesting plants.


Dogs that ingest barberry may develop gastrointestinal symptoms, but not symptoms associated with poisoning. The most common side effects from ingesting plant materials are vomiting, diarrhoea and depression. These symptoms are usually mild, but dogs that exhibit ongoing or severe symptoms should be taken to a veterinarian.

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Tracy Hodge has been a professional writer since 2007. She currently writes content for various websites, specializing in health and fitness. Hodge also does ghostwriting projects for books, as well as poetry pieces. She has studied nutrition extensively, especially bodybuilding diets and nutritional supplements.

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