Wow, the amazing RHS Chelsea flower show! But did you know some flowers are poisonous to dogs?
Updated: Nov 5, 2018
Ingestion of just a few leaves of Azaleas can cause oral irritation with subsequent vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. In severe cases, ingestion can cause a drop in blood pressure, coma, and even death.
Although the entire plant is considered poisonous to dogs, it is the Daffodil bulb that is the most toxic. Ingestion of any portion of a Daffodil can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, arrhythmias, convulsions, and a serious drop in blood pressure.
Although the entire plant of a tulip is considered toxic, it is the bulb that is the most poisonous to dogs. Ingestion can cause significant oral irritation, excessive drooling and nausea.
Also known as the Mother-In-Law plant, the Kalanchoe is a common house plant with small dense flowers. When ingested it can cause vomiting and diarrhea. In rare cases, heart arrhythmias can occur from a poisoning.
Also known as Sowbread, the Cyclamen is a common household flowering plant with poisonous properties (i.e., terpenoids) to dogs. It can cause oral irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, heart abnormalities, seizures and death.
Especially popular around Easter, the lovely Amaryllis is also poisonous to dogs. Its toxins can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hypersalivation, anorexia, and tremors in dogs.
Gastrointestinal tract and nervous system affected by plant toxins. May cause dermatitis.
The leaves and seeds are the poisonous bits on this one. Digitalis species is toxic if eaten, causing nausea and vomiting.
There are many species of lily, here are a few common ones that are harmful.
Lily Lilium species Harmful if eaten in quantity.
Lily of the valley (leaves, flowers, roots) Convallaria species Toxic if eaten, causing nausea and vomiting.
Peace lily Spathiphyllum species Gastrointestinal tract affected. May cause dermatitis.
The pods and seeds of wisteria can cause repeated vomiting, stomach pains, severe diarrhea, dehydration and collapse.
The Dogs Trust have a brilliant, very comprehensive list of not just flowers and plants but also other household things that are harmful to dogs, check it out here. Obviously, if you think your pet may have eaten something they shouldn't have, the best advice you can get is from your vet and as quickly as possible.
There are so many lovely plants from this beautiful world we live in that we can plant in our outside areas but still keep our furry friends safe. Enjoy the designing, planting and viewing and fingers crossed this lovely sunny weather is here to stay!!
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