If you’re anything like us, you want to protect your pet at all costs – inside the home and out.
And believe it or not, as beneficial it is for him to get the exercise he needs through play, there are hidden dangers lurking in the most familiar places – even in your own backyard.
You want to give your dog the freedom to explore his surroundings. We realize, that when he does, it’s almost impossible to keep up with everything your pet comes in contact with.
That’s why The Barking Lot came up with what we think are some of the most common plants your pet is likely to find at home. This list is in no way exhaustive, but according to the ASPCA, it’s meant to help you protect your pet from their hazardous side effects.
Lantanas & Begonias
Lantanas and Begonias are popular annuals you’ll find in your backyard. In the late spring or early fall these beauties start to bloom and their brightly colored flowers tend to attract hummingbirds, butterflies and even your dog.
As appealing as these seasonal flowers might be, once consumed by your pet, they can cause anything from vomiting and diarrhea to shortness of breath and liver failure.
With a name like buttercup, it’s hard to imagine these herbaceous plants being anything but pleasant. The most common species has bright, yellow petals with sweet nectar that can irritate or damage your dog’s digestive system.
Morning Glory are an alien species of plant considered “invasive” by experts. The term invasive refers to plants that have been introduced from other regions and after sprouting, quickly grow out of control. Recognized by their sky blue color, Morning Glory are hallucinogenic and poisonous.
Other examples of “invasive” plants that are toxic to dogs include Boston Ivy, Wisteria and Clematis.
Grandma might be partial to the beautiful, red, orange and gold hue of Azaleas, but this deciduous shrub can cause diarrhea, vomiting and cardiac failure in your pet if eaten.
Poinsettias are very commonly seen in the home during Christmas and Easter. Their festive looking red and green leaves make them a holiday favorite for many, but for your pet, this plant can cause vomiting and irritation to the mouth and stomach.
Daffodils have long been celebrated for their contrasting color and unique design. Unfortunately, the crystals that grow on the outer layer of the bulbs can cause everything from vomiting, salvation, diarrhea and convulsions in the large intestine to low blood pressure, tremors and cardiac arrhythmias in your pet.