Spring Plants to Watch Out For

 

 

As spring (finally!) approaches in the northern hemisphere, it’s time to be on the lookout during neighborhood walks for beautiful blooms that can be toxic to dogs.

 

Tulip (Tulip spp)- Ingestion can result in intense
vomiting, depression, diarrhea, hypersalivation, drooling   and lack of appetite.
Hyacinth (Hyacinthus oreintalis)- Ingestion can result
in intense vomiting, diarrhea, depression and tremors.
Daffodil (Narcissus spp)- Ingestion can result in severe   gastrointestinal illness, convulsions, seizures, low blood   pressure and tremors.
Peace lily (Spathiphyllum spp)- Ingestion can result in   ulcers in the mouth, vomiting and diarrhea.
Easter cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesi)- Ingestion can   result in vomiting, diarrhea and depression. Cats can also   develop staggering.
Easter daisy (Townsendia sericea)- This plant is   considered non toxic.
Easter orchid (Cattleya mossiae)- This plant is   considered non toxic.
Easter lily cactus (Echinopsis multiplex)- This plant is   considered non toxic.
Resurrection lily (Kaempferia pulchra)- This plant is   considered non toxic.
Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia splendens prostrata)-   Ingestion results in vomiting and diarrhea.

 

 

Azalea (Rhododendron spp)- Ivomiting, diarrhea,   hypersalivation, weakness, coma, hypotension, CNS   depression, cardiovascular collapse and death.
Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)- Excessive salivation,   abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, gastro-intestinal   disorders, lack of appetite, tremors, convulsions, seizures
Rhododendron (Rhododendron spp)- Vomiting, diarrhea,   hypersalivation, weakness, coma, hypotension, CNS   depression, cardiovascular collapse and death.
Tiger Lily (Lilium tigrinum)- Vomiting, inappetence,   lethargy, kidney failure. Cats are only species known to be   affected.
Easter Lily (Lilium longiflorum)- Vomiting, inappetence,   lethargy, and kidney failure. Cats are only species known   to be affected.
American Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)- Weakness,   convulsions, gastroenteritis (vomiting, diarrhea.)
Clematis (Clematis sp.)- Vomiting, diarrhea, oral ulcers,   ataxia irritant or vesicant action.
Daffodil (Narcissus spp)- Severe gastrointestinal   disorders, convulsions, shivering, hypotension, dermatitis,   muscular tremors, and cardiac arrhythmias.
Day lily (Hemorocallis dumortirei)- Vomiting,   inappetence, lethargy, kidney failure. Cats are only   species known to be affected.
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)- Cardiac arrhythmias,   vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, cardiac failure, death.
Lily of the Valley (Convalaria majalis)- Ataxia, vomiting,   cardiac arrhythmias, death.
Narcissus (Narcissus spp) Severe gastrointestinal   disorders, convulsions, shivering, hypotension, dermatitis,   muscular tremors, and cardiac arrhythmias.
Morning Glory (Ipomoea spp)- Seeds may cause   hallucination, may cause diarrhea.

 

But keep in mind, plants are not the only danger – pesticides and fertilizers can be packed with toxic chemicals.  If your dog is a digger or a dirt-eater, keep him or her away from gardens.  If you use these products and they contain lethal chemicals, you may want to keep your gardens fenced in.  Flower bulbs can be harmful, too, so keep daffodil, tulip and hyacinth bulbs out of reach, and don’t let your dog dig where they are planted.  In addition, ant and other insect traps often rely on sweet lures, such as peanut butter, which can certainly lure a dog.  Keep your animals safe while you all enjoy the weather!

 

 







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