Here is a complete list from Dogster of plant to be very aware of when your pets are present.
Some Inside Plants Poisonous to Dogs
- Aloe Vera
- Elephant’s Ear
- Emerald Fern
- Weeping Fig
Some Outside Plants Poisonous to Dogs
- Morning Glory
- Green Potato
Human Foods That Poison Pets
- Avocado: All parts are toxic to dogs
- Chocolate: Contains Theobromine, a cardiac stimulant which can be fatal to dogs
- Fruit Pits and Seeds: Most contain cyanide
- Garlic: Contains Thiosulphate, though a small amount, so a lot would have to be ingested to be toxic. Keep in mind, it builds up in the system
- Grapes: Affects a dog’s kidneys
- Macadamia Nuts: Affects the nervous system
- Mushrooms: Affect the nervous system, kidneys and heart
- Nutmeg: Can cause seizures and central nervous system damage
- Onions: Contains same toxin as garlic, though in much larger amounts
- Raisins: Same as grapes
- Sugar-Free Foods: These contain Xylitol, which can cause liver failure in dogs
- Tomatoes, Potatoes and Rhubarb: Parts of these contain oxalates, which can be toxic to dogs
Holiday Hazards For Dogs
The holidays are a very hectic time for dogs and dog owners alike and it’s easy to miss some of the plants and foods poisonous to dogs specific to that time.
- Christmas: Many of the plants used for Christmas decorating are toxic to dogs, including Holly, Mistletoe and Poinsettias. It’s best to find safe substitutes.
- Easter: Lilies are highly toxic to dogs, as are Tulips.
- Fourth of July: Alcohol can be toxic to dogs so during your BBQs, do keep the beer to yourself.
- Halloween: We all know that chocolate is poisonous to dogs but excessive sugar from any source can be as well.
- Thanksgiving: Trim that turkey well and keep the gravy for the humans. Too much fat intake, especially over a short period of time, can be toxic.
General Signs Of Poisoning
Though there can be signs that are specific to each toxin, the most common are:
- Abdominal Pain (your dog may whine and his stomach will be tender to the touch)
- Irregular Heartbeat
- Labored Breathing
- Swollen Limbs
Immediate Treatment of a Poisoned Pet
If your dog is exhibiting any of these symptoms or even if you just suspect he ingested something toxic, call a pet poison hot line such as the ASPCA (1-888-426-4435) or the Pet Poison Hot Line (1-800-213-6180). Your local ASPCA might also have a hot line.
- Top Ten Pet Toxins: Protect Your Pets (offtheleashsd.wordpress.com)
- 10 plants that are poisonous to dogs (cnn.com)
- Household Hazards and Poisons for Your Pets (aaccc.wordpress.com)