Top 5 Most Toxic Plants to Dogs; Avoid During Planting Season!

With Spring finally here, gardeners begin to think of replanting beautiful gardens. When landscaping, however, we must also consider the safety of our dogs as well as neighborhood dogs that may wander into the yard. These plants are toxic, or even deadly to dogs. Avoid putting the following plants in your garden to ensure the safety of your pets, as well as others.

1. AmaryllisAmaryllis

This beautiful and popular flower is unfortunately one that must be avoided for dog lovers. If eaten, the Amaryllis will cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, anorexia and tremors. This plant is also known as the Belladonna lily, St. Joseph lily, Cape Belladonna, and the Naked Lady. Instead of including this toxic plant in your garden, consider African Daisies, which are colorful, cute and completely safe for pets.

2. Begonia


This plant has over 10,000 different hybrids and subspecies you must watch out for! This popular flower garden plant is terribly toxic to any dog that attempts to make them into a mid-day snack. Signs your dog has ingested Begonias are oral irritation, burning in the mouth, tongue and lips. They also may experience excessive drooling, difficulty swallowing, and vomiting. Instead of Begonias, consider planting Achira, also known as Arrowroot. It is safe if eaten and can be quite the unique and colorful addition to your flower bed.

3. Daffodil


Even though this beautiful plant is popular amongst gardeners, it should not be found in the garden of a dog owner! Also known as Paper Whites, if ingested it can cause convulsions, low blood pressure, tremors, and cardiac arrhythmias. Instead of Daffodils, consider adding Globe Thistles to your garden for a splash of texture and color! As a bonus, they are completely safe to any animal who tries to eat.

4. English Ivy


Most often seen creeping up the sides of buildings, houses, and archways, the English Ivy is not an ideal plant to add to a pet lover’s garden. If a dog eats this plant, vomiting, hypersalivation, diarrhea and abdominal pain can occur. Not just toxic to dogs, but this plant is dangerous to cats and horses as well! If you’re looking for a non-toxic green ivy, consider the Grape Ivy.

5. Hosta


This large leafed plant is found in a majority of backyard gardens due to their ease of growth. However, when a dog eats a Hosta plant vomiting, diarrhea and depression can take hold. Hostas are also known as Plantation Lilies and Funkia, so watch out for all their names when shopping at your local nursery! To replace your Hostas, shop for Butterfly Ginger instead. Their bright and showy flowers will quickly make you forget your Hosta!

When shopping for your plants, blubs or seeds for your new Spring garden it may be helpful to bring along a list of both toxic and non-toxic plants that could affect your pets, neighborhood pets, and even wildlife. Be conscientious of the choices you make, as an animal may become sick.

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