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Just a quick take on several common plants your dog should avoid chewing…

Poinsettias – This glorious looking flash of red is popular especially at Christmas time.  Chewing the poinsettia can cause vomiting, drooling, diarrhea and irritation of the skin or eyes in dogs

Tomatoes – Yes, another red beauty though the gorgeous fruit is not the problem. The green leafy vine on which the tomatoes grow contains solanine.  If large amounts are ingested it can cause weakness, confusion, vomiting or diarrhea.

Elephant Ear – Calcium oxalate crystals in these plants are insoluble and are released when the plant is bitten into.  The crystals irritate tissue in the dogs mouth and gastrointestinal tract.  Signs to look for are difficulty breathing, drooling, vomiting or paying attention to their mouth e.g. pawing.

Iris – The compounds present in this popular plant can cause irritation if touched by the skin or consumed. Concentration of the irritant is most prevalent in the bulb and can cause lethargy, diarrhea, drooling or vomiting.

Aloe Vera – The properties in the aloe plant which can be a problem for dogs is the yellow sappy latex under the rind.  If enough is ingested the intestines can be affected.  When aloe is used in ingredients of products suitable for dogs (e.g. to treat skin infections) it only contains the inner fillet juice and does not contain the entire leaf and saponins.  Signs your dog may have consumed the sap are symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting or tremors.

Other plants to avoid include Autumn Crocus, Azalea, Peace lilies, Tulips, Sago Palm, Oleanders, Cyclamen and Amaryllis

Be vigilant if moving to a new property where you are not familiar with the garden. Please remember that the above is not medical advice and is not a complete list of plants dangerous to dogs. Varieties of plants used indoors/outdoors should always be a consideration if you have pets or children. 

Leah & Angela OMeara

Hound Dog Day Care (Specialists in Dog Minding & Dog Boarding, Pet Sitting Brisbane & Doggy Day Care Brisbane)