Health and advice6 June 2021A black and tan Dachshund sits in a florist surrounded by colourful flowers.

Poisonous plants to dogs

With summer in full swing you may be ready to swing your backdoors open and let your dog roam around your garden without the worry of muddy paws and soggy dogs.

In order to keep your dog safe whilst they enjoy the outdoors, it is a good idea to know the potential dangers of the plants and flowers you have in your garden and house.

We have put together a non-extensive list of common plants and flowers that are toxic to dogs.This list is by no means extensive but it is a great starting point for your own research.

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Plants and flowers that are poisonous to dogs

  • Clematis: Moderate toxicity
  • Eucalyptus: All parts of the plant are toxic - signs of poisoning include vomiting, diarrhoea and weakness
  • Asparagus Fern: Toxic
  • Lavender: Mild exposure can be soothing. However, ingestion is toxic
  • Peonies: Toxic and can cause illness
  • Tulips: Irritant but with a small number of serious cases
  • Azalea: All parts of the plants are poisonous. If enough is consumed, it can be fatal
  • Daffodil: Even the water from a vase of daffodils can poison your dog and make them sick
  • Mistletoe: Low toxicity but should still be avoided as all parts of the plant are toxic
  • Deadly Nightshade: Unsurprisingly consumption of any part of this plant can result in death
  • Poison Hemlock: The roots contain the highest levels of toxin, but all parts of the plant are poisonous
  • Wild Cherry: Eating the twigs or leaves of a cherry tree is poisonous and can be fatal
  • Delphinium: Highly poisonous for both dogs and humans if ingested
  • Marigolds: Mildly toxic and can cause irritation to fur and skin

Non - toxic plants and flowers for a dog friendly garden

Please bear in mind that all of these are non-toxic, if eaten in large quantities they are still likely to cause upset stomachs.

  • Roses
  • African Violets
  • Petunias
  • Zinnias
  • Snapdragons
  • Orchids
  • Sunflowers
  • Gerbera Daisies
  • Honeysuckle
  • Gladiolas
  • Hyacinth
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Buttercups
  • Hibiscus

If you are starting to feel worried about the plants you have in your garden, don’t go and start digging them out just yet!

It is in dog’s nature to avoid plants that are poisonous to them. If your dog is bored or stressed then they may be more tempted so it is always good to keep an eye on them if they are in the garden.

To reduce risk you can pot plants out of reach or in a sectioned off area of your garden.

To see an extensive list of all the plants that are toxic to dogs, we recommend the Dog’s Trust comprehensive guide that you can view here:

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