5 Houseplants That are Dangerous to Canines
There’s no doubt that our beloved canine counterparts are an intelligent species. In fact, our dogs have the IQ of a two-year-old human child! Perhaps that’s why they’re always so fascinated by objects that offer pleasing sensory stimulation. Pups and adult dogs alike are attracted to anything that’s bright, soft, scented, and chewable…things like houseplants.
Similar to small children, canines learn about their surroundings through touch, smell, and taste. They haven’t the slightest clue that swallowing a small cactus might actually kill them or cause great bodily harm.
All your dog knows is that you love the pretty plant that sits on the coffee table. If that plant happens to fall into any of these categories, you may want to go ahead and relocate it!
These bright red, soft, and attractive plants aren’t just alluring to humans; dogs have a liking for them as well! You’ll see this flamboyant flower more often around Christmas time and the holidays in general. While they may not necessarily kill your pet, the sap that Poinsettias produce could make your dog or cat severely ill. Unfortunately, there is presently no cure for poinsettia poisoning, so it’s essential that you keep any live flowers out of reach of your pets to err on the side of caution.
The Poinsettia goes by other names, such as “lobster flower” or “flame-leaf flower” because of its crimson petals. However, this plant also comes in a variety of other colors such as yellow, white, and a shade of light orange.
No matter the color, keep it away from your pupper.
Watch Out for These Symptoms:
- Nausea, excessive drooling
- Dermatological reactions, inflammation
- Mild to extreme diarrhea
Poinsettias can also make cats ill, so keep that in mind if you have a feline who likes to climb!
Succulents are quite popular as decorative household plants. They’re low maintenance and don’t require much water. Since they’re a little more on the “independent” side, they can be easy to forget.
If this sounds like you, make sure that you don’t have any succulents around the home in these varieties:
Aloe Vera- While they can still consume the gel in small portions, the rough outer skin of the aloe vera plant can cause vomiting and diarrhea
Jade- The jade succulent induces more severe symptoms in dogs such as irregular heartbeat, pain in the abdomen, and on rare occasions muscle paralysis and seizures
Silver Dollar- Mild gastrointestinal issues are about all you have to worry about, but you should still try to keep it away from children and pets
There are some succulents such as Blue Echevarria that aren’t toxic to pets, and they still look beautiful around the home!
Cactus plants should be kept away from dogs (and kids) for obvious reasons. Even if they’re a smaller version, you’re in for a world of trouble should your pet decide to chomp down on one. Most of the time they aren’t poisonous, but if there are enough quills stuck in tight places you could end up with a hefty vet bill!
If you’re the proud owner of a Christmas Cactus, the thorns aren’t the only problem. The stems and branches can cause major abdominal discomfort should your dog make a snack out of them.
Oleander is exceptionally beautiful, but it’s also highly poisonous to cats, goats, horses, rabbits, dogs, and sheep. Unlike other items on this list, the side effects of ingestion are much worse than simple gastrointestinal problems. Oleander contains a chemical cardiac glycoside, which exists in every single part of this plant.
Symptoms of Oleander Poisoning
- Lethargy and weakness
- Salivating excessively and nausea
- Abnormal blood sugar and heart rate
- Dilated pupils
If your dog eats Oleander, it is in their best interest to get them to the veterinarian as soon as possible.
Last but not least, the Gardenia is not the worst thing that could ever happen to your dog. Depending on how much he or she eats, these white flowers are more likely to cause an upset tummy than anything else. It’s unlikely that Gardenias will kill your dog, but guinea pigs and domesticated rodents can die if they consume too much. Aside from a minor case of vomiting and loose bowels, your pup should be back to normal within a day or two.
Cat owners should be extremely cautious when keeping Gardenia in the home! If your feline friend decides to chow down on any part of this plant, you’ll have to induce vomiting.
The List Goes On
This is just a small portion of the more common houseplants you’ll find, but the SPCA has provided a fully detailed explanation of nearly all of them. Keep foliage as far away from pets as possible, and be wary of athletic dogs and cats that are capable of jumping up onto cupboards and counter tops.
Originally published at https://hubpages.com/animals/5-Houseplants-That-are-Dangerous-to-Canines on May 24, 2019.