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Jan 18th 2019 ⋮ in Advice

 

5 plants that could put your dog in danger

Nothing beats wrapping up warm and embarking on a long Sunday walk with man’s best friend. But there are potentially dangerous plants hidden within the British landscape. Here are five plants that you shouldn’t allow your dog to investigate too closely. 

Azalea shrub

 

Azalea

Vivid azalea shrubs will brighten any landscape but pet owners should be wary about the potential dangers of them if dogs roam nearby. Azaleas contain ‘grayantoxins’ which can impair muscle function in humans and animals – including dogs. If your mutt begins salivating excessively and is particularly lethargic and you suspect he may have been in contact with the plant, contact a vet immediately.

Daffodils

 

Daffodils

Daffodils begin to bloom in early spring and are one of the nation’s favourite flowers. However, there may be concern if your dog has been wandering in yellow-drenched fields. Poisonous alkaloids can cause heart problems in your canine.

Delphinium Flower

 

Delphiniums

Tall delphiniums are stunning but can cause neuromuscular problems in dogs if they ingest its diterpene alkaloids. The after-effects can be mild, but any dog showing symptoms such as constipation, dry gums or muscle tremors should be seen by a vet – especially as just two milligrams of the plant can kill a fully-grown human.

Grapvines

 

Grapevines

Dogs and grapes have never been a partnership that works well together. No owner would consider feeding their pet grapes and just a few could cause serious problems. However, owners should be wary of allowing their dog to roam free as grapevines and their leaves can cause vomiting and diarrhoea, at best.

Castor seed

 

Castor

The castor plant is extremely helpful for humans – for example, castor oil is used as a laxative to help relieve the effects of constipation. But exposure to the plant can be life-threatening for dogs. Owners should be aware of symptoms including drooling, trembling and abdominal pain.