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5 Common Plants That Are Toxic For Your Dog

July 05, 2018  •  Leave a Comment












Most dog owners know to be careful about feeding their dog certain foods such as chocolate, onions or grapes, but did you know there are plants that are commonly found in and around your home that are poisonous to your dog. Here is a short list of some common plants to make sure your dog doesn’t have access to:


  1. Aloe Vera – The plant we humans use to soothe sunburn or calm a rash on our skin can cause vomiting, diarrhea and tremors in your dog.
  2. Azalea – We love our azaleas in Houston. We celebrate their vibrant colors and abundant flowers every spring, but if your dog eats them, they can cause vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, coma, cardiovascular collapse and even death.
  3. Dieffenbachia -  This common house plant is found in many homes and offices but can cause burning of lips, mouth and tongue, drooling, vomiting and trouble swallowing if your dog nibbles on them
  4. Philodendron – Philodendron is a favorite of landscapers. Its big shiny leaves look beautiful in a backyard. If your dog ingests it, you will be dealing with swelling and burning of the mouth and tongue, digestive issues, spasms and seizures.
  5. Sago Palm – Another common landscape fixture, Sago Palm is everywhere you look. It is extremely toxic for your dog, though. Vomiting, diarrhea and liver failure can result of your dog ingests Sago Palm. This one is so toxic that there is an extremely low chance of your pet surviving if they eat it.


If you have these plants in or around your home, consider removing them as soon as possible for the sake of your pet. Dogs are not always discerning about what they eat, as most pet owners know, it’s not worth taking the chance that they could be seriously injured or die after eating a plant in their own backyard.



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