10 Common Poisonous Plants For Dogs You Should Avoid

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Our canine companions love to play out in the yard. Our role as pet owners should be taking care of them. We need to be on the lookout and know the different poisonous plants for dogs so we could avoid having them in our garden.

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Poisonous Plants For Dogs You Need To Know To Protect Your Pets

1. Castor Bean Plant

Castor Oil Plant | Common Poisonous Plants For Dogs You Should Avoid

A castor bean plant is common in the wilderness and hiking areas in California and is known to produce castor oil. This plant has pods that have a powerful smell very attractive to dogs. The beans are very easy to eat but are very poisonous to our pooches.

Dogs who ingest castor beans may experience symptoms like loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

2. Cyclamen


Cyclamen have very colorful flowers. It comes in violet, pink, and white colors. However, these attractive flowers may spell danger to your dogs, especially when they chew on the tubers.

This plant contains triterpenoid saponins that are very poisonous to canines and may cause an extreme toxic reaction that could lead to rapid cardiac activity, difficulty breathing, vomiting, or diarrhea.

3. Dumb Cane


Dumb cane contains insoluble calcium oxalate crystals, which is common to the Araceae family where this plant belongs. Dogs ingesting too much of this plant can cause an intense burning sensation in their mouths, drooling, choking, and swelling of the throat. The symptoms can last up to two weeks if not treated well.

4. English Ivy


Common to many homes, the English Ivy and most types of climbing ivies are mildly toxic to dogs. Some ivies contain triterpenoid saponins and polyacetylene compounds that can cause intense drooling, vomiting, or diarrhea.

5. Hemlock


Poison Hemlocks are very poisonous plants for dogs. Ingestion of this plant can be fatal for most animals. However, the chance of that happening is low since this is an unattractive plant for them.

This plant has piperidine alkaloids that are known to affect the central nervous system. Symptoms may include bloody stools, convulsions, weakness, difficulty in breathing, pupil dilation, muscle twitching, abnormal nervousness, severe abdominal pain, or vomiting.

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6. Jimsonweed


A Jimsonweed, also known as Devil's Trumpet, is a very poisonous plant for dogs. It is lethal for big animals as well. This plant contains tropane alkaloids and can cause increased heart rate, difficulty in breathing, pupil dilation, and respiratory failure.

7. Mistletoe

Red Berry Plant | Common Poisonous Plants For Dogs You Should Avoid

Mistletoes, commonly seen during the holidays, contain berries that could be toxic to dogs when eaten. Just like most berries, this plant produces a cytotoxin called viscumin and can be harmful to our pets.

Ingestion can lead to mild irritation and gastrointestinal problems which results in excessive drooling, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.

8. Mushrooms


Most mushrooms are toxic for dogs. Those sold in the supermarket for our consumption are usually safe for them. What you need to avoid are those growing in the wild. Here are some you need to keep your eyes on:

  • Amanita gemmata/muscaria/phalloides
  • Clitocybe dealbata mushrooms
  • Galerina marginata
  • Gyromitra
  • Inocybe

So, when you're taking your dog for a walk in the woods and it stopped to munch on something, and it happened to be a wild mushroom, bring your pet to the vet immediately.

Ingestion of these things can lead to liver failure, kidney problems, intense drooling, watering eyes, increased urination, seizures, vomiting, and diarrhea.

9. Oleander


Oleander is common in the warmer parts of the country and is used for landscaping. It only means oleander is almost everywhere. The problem is this plant is severely toxic for dogs. It has cardiac glycosides which can affect the cardiovascular systems of our pets.

10. Yew


Yew is a very lethal plant and is considered to be toxic to all species. Just by chewing on its branch or its leaves can result in instant death for an average-sized dog. However, it is yet to be discovered the chemicals in this plant which causes fatalities.

Watch this video from Sequence Media News to learn more about the common poisonous plants for dogs:

Now you know the different poisonous plants for dogs, think again and check if you have any of the plants mentioned in your garden. If you do, you might need to consider removing it or placing it somewhere out of their reach. Let's take care of our pooches as much as we take care of our garden.

Do you know other poisonous plants for dogs we didn't include in this list? Let us know by leaving a comment in the section provided below.


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