Plants That Are Toxic To Dogs

Keeping Your Mini Golden Safe: A Guide to Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants.

Hello, fellow dog lovers! Welcome back to Robyn’s Nest Mini Goldens, your go-to spot for all things related to our beloved mini golden retrievers. Today, we’re diving into an important topic that every dog owner should be aware of: plants that are toxic to dogs and those that are safe.

The Hidden Danger in Your Garden

Our mini goldens are curious by nature, and who can blame them? With their playful spirits and keen noses, they love to explore every nook and cranny of their environment. However, this curiosity can sometimes lead them into trouble, especially when it comes to plants.

Many common household and garden plants can be toxic to dogs if ingested. Symptoms of plant poisoning can range from mild gastrointestinal upset to severe, life-threatening conditions. As responsible pet owners, it’s crucial to know which plants to avoid and which ones are safe.

Toxic Plants to Avoid

Here are some common plants that are toxic to dogs:

  1. Azaleas and Rhododendrons: These popular garden shrubs contain toxins that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, and even heart failure in severe cases.
  2. Tulips and Daffodils: The bulbs of these beautiful flowers are particularly toxic and can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation, drooling, loss of appetite, and convulsions.
  3. Sago Palm: Every part of this plant is toxic, especially the seeds. Ingestion can lead to severe liver damage and even death.
  4. Oleander: This plant is highly toxic and can cause severe vomiting, decreased heart rate, and possibly death.
  5. Lilies: While particularly dangerous for cats, certain lilies can also cause gastrointestinal upset in dogs.

Full list of toxic plants:

Creating a comprehensive list of all plants that are toxic to dogs is a challenging task because there are so many, and new plants are continually being identified. However, here is an extensive list of some of the most common plants that are known to be toxic to dogs:

Common Toxic Plants

  1. Azaleas and Rhododendrons
  2. Tulips and Daffodils
  3. Sago Palm
  4. Oleander
  5. Lilies (certain types)
  6. Autumn Crocus
  7. Cyclamen
  8. Kalanchoe
  9. Yew
  10. Amaryllis
  11. English Ivy
  12. Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane)
  13. Philodendron
  14. Pothos (Devil’s Ivy)
  15. Aloe Vera
  16. Chrysanthemum
  17. Foxglove
  18. Hydrangea
  19. Ivy
  20. Jade Plant
  21. Lantana
  22. Lily of the Valley
  23. Milkweed
  24. Morning Glory
  25. Nightshade
  26. Peace Lily
  27. Poinsettia
  28. Poppy
  29. Rhubarb
  30. Schefflera
  31. Tomato Plant (green parts)
  32. Wisteria
  33. Zamioculcas (ZZ Plant)
  34. Castor Bean
  35. Mistletoe
  36. Holly
  37. Bird of Paradise
  38. Clematis
  39. Dumbcane (Dieffenbachia)
  40. Golden Pothos
  41. Hosta
  42. Hyacinth
  43. Iris
  44. Jerusalem Cherry
  45. Lupine
  46. Marijuana (Cannabis)
  47. Narcissus
  48. Oleander
  49. Peyote
  50. Primrose
  51. Red Maple (leaves)
  52. Rhododendron
  53. Rosary Pea
  54. Sago Palm
  55. Star of Bethlehem
  56. Sweet Pea
  57. Tobacco
  58. Tulip
  59. Umbrella Plant
  60. Yew
  61. Zebra Plant

What to Do If Your Dog Ingests a Toxic Plant

If you suspect your dog has ingested a toxic plant, it’s crucial to act quickly:

  1. Identify the Plant: If possible, determine which plant your dog has ingested.
  2. Remove Access: Prevent your dog from eating any more of the plant.
  3. Contact Your Veterinarian: Call your vet immediately for advice. If your vet is not available, contact an emergency veterinary clinic.
  4. Provide Information: Be ready to provide details such as the type of plant, the amount ingested, and any symptoms your dog is showing.
  5. Follow Instructions: Follow your vet’s instructions carefully. They may advise you to bring your dog in for treatment or to induce vomiting under their guidance.

While this list includes many common toxic plants, it is by no means exhaustive. Always research any new plants you plan to bring into your home or garden to ensure they are safe for your pets. Your veterinarian can also be a valuable resource for information on plant toxicity and pet safety.

Safe Plants for Your Mini Golden

On a brighter note, there are plenty of plants that are safe for your furry friend. Here’s a list of dog-friendly plants that can add beauty to your home and garden without posing a risk:

  1. Spider Plant: This popular houseplant is non-toxic and can even help improve indoor air quality.
  2. Boston Fern: Safe for dogs and adds a lush, green touch to any room.
  3. Areca Palm: Also known as the butterfly palm, this plant is safe for dogs and can thrive indoors.
  4. Basil: This herb is not only safe but can also be a tasty treat for your dog.
  5. Marigolds: These bright flowers are non-toxic and can help repel pests in your garden.

Tips for a Dog-Friendly Garden

To ensure your garden is a safe haven for your mini golden, consider these tips:

  • Research Before Planting: Always check if a plant is toxic to dogs before adding it to your garden or home.
  • Create a Safe Zone: Designate a specific area in your garden with only non-toxic plants where your dog can roam freely.
  • Supervise and Train: Keep an eye on your dog when they’re exploring new areas and train them to avoid chewing on plants.

Here is a list of some popular plant identification apps that you can use to identify plants, including those that are toxic to dogs. These apps are available for both iPhone and Android devices.

Plant Identification Apps

  1. PlantSnap
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • Description: PlantSnap is a comprehensive plant identification app that can identify flowers, trees, succulents, mushrooms, and more. It boasts a database of over 600,000 plant species.
  1. PictureThis
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • Description: PictureThis uses advanced AI to identify plants and offers detailed information about them. It also provides plant care tips and a plant disease identifier.
  1. PlantNet
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • Description: PlantNet is a citizen science project that helps users identify plants through photos. It has a large database and is particularly strong in identifying wild plants.
  1. LeafSnap
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • Description: LeafSnap uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves. It was developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution.
  1. iNaturalist
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • Description: iNaturalist is a joint initiative by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society. It helps users identify plants and animals and connects them with a community of naturalists.
  1. Seek by iNaturalist
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • Description: Seek is a family-friendly app by iNaturalist that encourages exploration and learning about biodiversity. It uses image recognition technology to identify plants and animals.
  1. GardenAnswers Plant Identification
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • Description: GardenAnswers allows users to snap a photo of a plant and get instant identification and detailed information. It also offers a Q&A feature for gardening questions.
  1. Plant Identification ++
  • Platform: iOS
  • Description: This app is designed for iPhone users and offers plant identification along with detailed descriptions, care tips, and a plant diary feature.
  1. Flora Incognita
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • Description: Flora Incognita is a free app that uses AI to identify plants. It is particularly strong in identifying European flora and offers detailed species information.
  1. Plantix
    • Platform: iOS, Android
    • Description: Plantix is primarily a plant disease diagnostic app, but it also offers plant identification features. It is particularly useful for gardeners and farmers.

These plant identification apps can be incredibly useful tools for identifying plants in your home, garden, or while out exploring nature. They can help you ensure that the plants around your pets are safe and non-toxic. Always cross-reference the information you get from these apps with reliable sources, especially when it comes to plant toxicity.

Don’t fret if yo find something in the yard that you don’t want to part with. There are other ways of keeping your dog safe.

We use easy to install fencing to keep our puppies and dogs out of our plants and flower gardens. On some of our raised beds and pots we like to use the 24” tall fencing that is rust proof and helps keep adult and puppies out alike.

On our garden beds that are on ground level we like to use a taller fencing that can keep even our pure bred golden out of and she is a big girl. 32 inch tall garden fencing that is rust proof and easy to install.

At Robyn’s Nest Mini Goldens, the safety and well-being of our furry friends are our top priorities. By being mindful of the plants in your home and garden, you can create a safe and beautiful environment for your mini golden to enjoy.

Do you have any tips or experiences with dog-safe gardening? Share them in the comments below! And as always, feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns about your mini golden retriever.

Happy gardening!

Warm regards,
The Robyn’s Nest Mini Goldens Team

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