One of my favourite signs that Spring is upon us is the beautiful sight of bright yellow daffodils. They currently seem to be everywhere; filling my garden, brightening up the park, even dotted along the hedgerow of our regular walk. However, they hide a sinister and deadly secret… one that you may not be aware of but one that could make your dog very ill; yes we’re talking about POISON!
Daffodils 🌼 are not the only ones nor the worst, you may be surprised by just how many of the common plants and flowers we have in our gardens pose a potential risk of making your beloved pet very ill or in some cases, can even cause organ failure and death.
This doesn’t mean you need to rip up every flower in your garden but act with caution and always supervise your dog if there’s a chance they could eat one of these plants. You may be reading this and thinking it’s unlikely, but a poll completed by cat and dog insurers, More Than, recorded that 1 in 12 pets have eaten poisonous plants or flowers with almost half of these becoming ill enough to require medical attention and 15% tragically died. Small dogs and puppies are particularly at risk due to their playful, curious nature and their size.
In June 2015, to highlight this problem, the Gardener and dog lover, Charlie Dimmock, helped plant the aptly named “Poisonous Pawtanical Garden” at the Horniman Museum, South London and although pets were banned for obvious reasons, their owners were encouraged to visit and learn about which plants are and aren’t safe for pets. Some important advise worth remembering was that while planting your garden, please don’t leave any bulbs around which your dog could pick up and chew as these have the highest concentration of the compounds which will make your dog ill.
Apart from the humble Daffodil, other common plants such as begonias, clematis, dahlias, geraniums, lobelia and marigolds and dozens of other common flowers, shrubs and trees, are potentially poisonous when eaten by cats and dogs. The list also includes climbing plants such as clematis, ivy and wisteria, as well cottage garden favourites such as verbena, chrysanthemums and delphiniums and many colourful bedding plants and some garden fruits and vegetables such as the tomato plant. The tomato plant is also known as the Lycopersicon spp and is in the Solanaceae family of plants, the same family as deadly nightshade. The green parts of the plant, including the leaves and stems, contain ingredients called glycoalkaloids, which are toxic to cats and dogs if ingested.
Different plant poisons require very specific first aid.
Plant poisoning is a veterinary emergency that requires immediate medical attention; if you see your dog exhibit any of these symptoms you should suspect some type of poisoning and take immediate action to try and identify what your dog has eaten. Look for chewed plants and check your dog’s mouth for evidence to help you identify a culprit
- Lack of appetite
- Diarrhea Dizziness
- Weakness Leg paralysis
- Signs of impaired vision
- Abnormally slow heartbeat (bradycardia)
- Hypotension Shortness of breath
- (dyspnea) Depression
- Seizures Coma
Your first point of call should be your vet. If it’s after hours then this is a good link to find a 24 hour vet. https://www.vets-now.com/find-an-emergency-vet puppies are at greater risk of dying so please take immediate action.
There’s also a specialist poison hotline which is open 24 hours a day but unfortunately isn’t UK based so calls will cost £20 from 8am to 8pm on Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays), and £30 outside these hours, expensive, but if you are desperate for help then at least its a option. Their number for the UK is 02073055055 If you’re reading this and know of a better helpline then please comment and we will update the post to make the site better for everyone.
What Action To Take
The advice on the emergency first aid that you can administer yourself whilst you wait for help will be either:
- To induce vomiting, OR
- To give milk or water to wash out the mouth, neutralise the poison and/or dilute the toxicity.
BUT, making the pet vomit the wrong poisonous plant could make a serious situation even more deadly, so you MUST know what to do for each type of plant and obviously your first port of call is to carefully identify the plant your dog has eaten.
For These Plants You Should Induce Vomiting
The following is a list of some of the most dangerous plants and symptoms of poisoning. If you see your puppy eat these plants, the advice is to make him vomit right away, but in all cases take the advice of a Vet first. Be aware that these plants have many varieties and subspecies, each plant we have named is the most common variety but each one links to its own Wikipedia page to further help you identify the right plant and take the appropriate action.
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Toxic Plants Garden Plants, Identification, Symptoms and Action in The Case Of Ingestion By Dogs.Induce Vomiting; A list of the most common plants that are toxic to dog's when you defiantly should make your dog sick as theirs a risk of death.
|Plant Name||Photo ID||Symptoms||Action|
|Yew||Muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, dilated pupils, sudden DEATH without warning.||Induce Vomiting|
|English Ivy||Thirst, vomiting and diarrhea, stomach pain, DEATH in one to two days.||Induce Vomiting|
|Crown Of Thorns||Depression, bloody diarrhea, fast or slow heart rate, stomach pain,Coma,DEATH in one two days.||Induce Vomiting|
|Fox Glove||Depression, bloody diarrhea, fast or slow heart rate, stomach pain,Coma,DEATH||Induce Vomiting|
|Larks Spur||Depression, bloody diarrhea, fast or slow heart rate, stomach pain,Coma,DEATH||Induce Vomiting|
|Lilly of the Valley||Depression, bloody diarrhea, fast or slow heart rate, stomach pain,Coma,DEATH||Induce Vomiting|
|Monks Bane||Depression, bloody diarrhea, fast or slow heart rate, stomach pain,Coma,DEATH||Induce Vomiting|
|Oleander||Depression, bloody diarrhea, fast or slow heart rate, stomach pain,Coma,DEATH||Induce Vomiting|
|Deadly Nightshade||Red and dry skin, fever,seizures, thirst, dilated pupils.DEATH||Induce Vomiting|
|Datura||Red and dry skin, fever,seizures, thirst, dilated pupils.DEATH||Induce Vomiting|
|Herbane||Red and dry skin, fever,seizures, thirst, dilated pupils.DEATH||Induce Vomiting|
|Jasmine||Red and dry skin, fever,seizures, thirst, dilated pupils.DEATH||Induce Vomiting|
|Jimson Weed (Devils Snare)||Red and dry skin, fever,seizures, thirst, dilated pupils.DEATH||Induce Vomiting|
|Dafodils||Depression, violent vomiting||Induce Vomiting|
|TulipsTulip||Depression, violent vomiting||Induce Vomiting|
|Wisteria (bulbs)||Depression, violent vomiting||Induce Vomiting|
|Holly||Stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.||Induce Vomiting|
|Lilly's||Excess urination and drinking as kidney fail||Induce Vomiting|
|Mistletoe||Vomiting, diarrhea, slowed breathing and heart rate.||Induce Vomiting|
|Rubarb||Vomiting, drooling, stomach pain, convulsions, kidney damage.||Induce Vomiting|
How do I make my dog vomit?
There are two products commonly found in the home that can help induce vomiting, 3 percent Hydrogen Peroxide or good old table salt. The general rule for peroxide is 5mls (or 1 teaspoon) per 10 pounds, orally. Repeat every 15-20 minutes, up to three times, until the animal vomits. Care must be taken, as aspiration into the lungs of the resulting foam can cause pneumonia.
For some dogs peroxide works within seconds of administering so be sure to give outside or in an area that is easy to clean.
While peroxide is the preferred “inducer”, in a pinch, a teaspoon of table salt applied to the far recesses of the throat will also bring up the desired results, but DO NOT USE SALT WATER its extremely dangerous to make an animal drink salt water you could kill them or cause further complications
Do NOT Induce Vomiting with these plants.
With these plant poisons, vomiting may make the problems worse. Instead, if you see the puppy eat these plants, give lots of water or milk to dilute the poison and to wash and coat the stomach.
Toxic Plants Where You Shouldn't Induce Vomiting In Your DogToxic plants, help with identification, symptoms ,recommend actions and emergency links for expert help.
|Azalea||Vomiting, diarrhoea, seizures, coma and death||DO NOT Induce Vomiting|
|Caladium||Tongue and throat swells, difficult breathing.||DO NOT Induce Vomiting|
|Dieffenbachia||Tongue and throat swells, difficult breathing.||Do Not Induce Vomiting|
|Philodendron||Tongue and throat swells, difficult breathing.||Do Not Induce Vomiting|
|Snake Plant ( Mother In Laws Tongue)||Mouth irritation to collapse.||Do Not Induce Vomiting|
|Jerusalem Cherry||Vomiting, bloody diarrhoea, trembling, weakness.||ANTIDOTE is available from your vet, see as soon as possible and Do Not Induce Vomiting|
|Nightshade ( don't confuse with deadly nightshade)||Vomiting, bloody diarrhea, trembling, weakness.||ANTIDOTE is available from your vet, see as soon as possible and Do Not Induce Vomiting|
|Potatoes, Green Parts and Eyes||Vomiting, bloody diarrhoea, trembling, weakness.||ANTIDOTE is available from your vet, see as soon as possible and Do Not Induce Vomiting|
My Dogs Stopped Breathing
Be ready to administer CPR if your dog stops breathing call your veterinarian or an animal poison control centre for accurate advice but below is a link to a guide with pictures and a video of the correct technique .Click Here
* This article is for general informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be providing medical advice and is not a substitute for such advice. The reader should always consult a health care provider concerning any medical condition or treatment plan. Neither Find My Lost Dog nor the author assumes any responsibility or liability with respect to use of any information contained herein.
What Is Safe To Plant?
Here’s a few suggestions below, the best advice is to subscribe to our page and download our PDF guide to toxic plants, take this with you to a garden centre and ask advice from the staff, many of the plants in our list will have sub variety’s we haven’t listed ( there’s too many) so its best to check. Note that the labels on plants will often have a guide to whats toxic but they will be referring to humans here not our furry friends
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