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Life as a dog can be ruff. It can be ruff-er if you’re surrounded by plants that could kill you. So it’s time to paws and check whether any of your plants are potentially poisonous to your pup – and if they are, to take the lead in doing something about it…
(Ca)nine common plants that can be fatal to dogs
- Amaryllis, which can cause upset stomach, lethargy, coma or shock.
- Autumn crocus causes severe vomiting, diarrhoea, kidney failure and even a bone marrow depression.
- Azalea causes nausea, vomiting, depression, difficulty breathing, coma. Normally only fatal in large quantities.
- Foxglove causes vomiting, abnormal heart rate and arrhythmias, tremors and seizures.
- Narcissus causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea. The bulbs are especially toxic so make sure your dog isn’t digging up bulbs.
- Ragwort even minute doses can cause kidney failure and liver damage that could be fatal.
- Oleander affects the heart, produces severe digestive upset. May also cause dermatitis (if still alive)
- Rhododendrons cause nausea, vomiting, depression, difficulty breathing and coma.
- Rhubarb large amounts of raw or cooked leaves can cause convulsions or coma.
Also be careful of what insecticides and slug baits you use as these can also be toxic to dogs. General signs of poisoning include vomiting, diarrhoea, dehydration, hyperactivity, high temperature and blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythm and tremors. If your dog displays any of these symptoms, contact a vet.
That way, you live to tell the tale. And your dog lives to wag its tail.