Do you think your garden is safe for your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel? Some people think of their garden as their little sanctuary – a place where they can relax and enjoy the serenity and beauty that nature brings. However, as much as it’s relaxing for humans, parks may not be a safe place for our furry friends after all.
Based on research, there are 700 plants that may be harmful to our pets because they are quite poisonous. Also, while the plant may not be toxic to pets, it can cause allergic reactions and cause discomfort to your dog. As a responsible dog owner and plant lover too, it is important that you learn how to identify which plants are harmful to your dog’s well-being.
First in line is dieffenbachia. Named after a German physicist, Ernst Dieffenbach, this plant is considered to be one of the deadliest plants on earth. Plants will cause serious reactions when they come in contact with an animal’s mouth, tongue or throat. If chewed, swelling can occur along with temporary inability to speak, mouth irritation, stomach pain, shortness of breath, tremors, seizures and eventually death.
Other plants that are harmful to pets include:
Amaryllis. Symptoms of toxicity include diarrhea, excessive salivation, depression, tremors and vomiting.
Asparagus. Clinical signs include allergic dermatitis with repeated dermal exposure, vomiting, abdominal pain or diarrhea.
Azaleas. Signs include vomiting, diarrhea, excessive salivation, weakness, coma, hypotension, CNS depression, cardiovascular collapse and death.
Christmas roses. Signs of toxicity include stomach pain, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, convulsions and delirium.
Daffodils. Belonging to the amaryllidaceae family, the toxicity of daffodils causes severe digestive upset, convulsions, chills, hypotension, dermatitis, muscle tremors and cardiac arrhythmias.
Gladiolas. Clinical signs include vomiting (sometimes with blood), depression, diarrhea (sometimes with blood), excessive salivation and abdominal pain.
Water hyacinth. Clinical signs include intense vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood), depression and tremors.
Hydrangea. The root causes vomiting, depression, anorexia, diarrhea, increased heart rate and increased body temperature.
Morning glory. Signs of toxicity include diarrhea, frequent urination, hallucinations and nausea.
Other common plants that are harmful to pets are cactus, chrysanthemum, daphne, jasmine, nettle, sweet peas and wandering jews.
Plants are good to look at.
Your favorite flower pot adds beauty and color to the house. But you have to remember that this beauty can be your dog’s way of danger, even to death. So learn to choose what is safe and what is not. Your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is at stake.