Living with a dog brings joy into your life every day. I think we all will agree that our beloved mutts bring an immeasurable amount of happiness to us without really even trying.
But despite how great it is, a high level of responsibility comes with raising any pet, especially dogs. You must feed them, bathe them, and keep them out of harm’s way each and every day. It’s a lot to think about, isn’t it?
Keeping your pooch safe can often be tough if you don’t know which common, everyday household items, cleaners, and plants pose a danger to them.
For instance, dog moms who are also gardeners need to be very careful about the plants they include in their home and landscaping. Don’t worry—there’s still a wide range of plants available for you to add to your garden without worrying they’ll hurt your furry friend. For instance, most types of aster, such as China aster, are beautiful additions to your garden and nontoxic to dogs.
However, to help you create a dog-friendly backyard, I’ve put together this guide to 6 plants that dog moms should keep out of their gardens.
6 Plants That Dog Moms Should Keep Out of Their Gardens
Plants for Dog Owners to Avoid
- Azaleas: These plants contains grayantoxin, which can cause a wide range of symptoms when dogs ingest it, such as vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, abnormal heart rate, tremors, and even comas.
- Chrysanthemums: Due to multiple toxic substances in chrysanthemums, such as lactones and pyrethrins, dogs can fall victim to symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of coordination after ingesting them.
- Cyclamen: Dogs that ingest cyclamen can experience symptoms such as drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea due to an ingredient by the name of terpenoid saponins. If a dog eats a large amount of cyclamen, it can experience an abnormal heart rate, seizures, and—in some cases—death.
- Hellebore: As a result of the presence of toxic bufadienolides and glycosides, dogs that ingest this plant can experience gastrointestinal problems, drooling, colic, and depression.
- Hydrangeas: These plants contain a substance by the name of cyanogenic glycoside, and if dogs ingest it, they can experience symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and depression.
- Rhubarb: The leaves of this plant contain soluble calcium oxalates, which can lead to drooling, tremors, and kidney failure in dogs that eat it.
A lot of meticulous care and craftsmanship go into properly preparing and maintaining a flower garden. However, something that not everyone knows when they first begin planting their gardens is how toxic some very common plants can be to dogs. Luckily, you now know 6 plants that dog moms should keep out of their gardens.
Remember, these plants aren’t the only ones that are incredibly toxic for dogs to interact with; this is just a short list of some of the most common ones. When buying plants for your home garden, always do the research and arm yourself with the knowledge to ensure your greenery is as safe for you and your pets as possible.
What plants do you avoid in your dog-friendly spaces?
I’d love to know which plants you use — as well as which plants you avoid — when creating green spaces around your home. Leave a comment below or stop by my private Facebook group for dog moms and join in the conversation there.