Garden Plants and Your Dog

Quite a few people have decided to try their luck at gardening over quarantine. Not only is it a relaxing hobby, but it also beautifies your yard. Unfortunately, many plants are poisonous to our furry friends, which limits our gardening options. The ASPCA has a list of 416 plants harmful to dogs available on their website. The list includes popular garden plants, such as Aloe, Calla Lilies, Carnations, Daffodils, Dahlias, Daisies, Gardenias, Hydrangeas, Lavender, and Wisteria. 

If you already have one of these plants in your garden, please keep a watchful eye out for your dog. There are symptoms that indicate your precious pup may have swallowed something harmful. According to Dr. Murl Bailey, a professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, “when pets ingest toxic plants, the first symptom is vomiting. Depending upon which plant is ingested, the animal may develop loose bowels, become depressed, or show excitement.” If you notice these signs, it’s in your pet’s best interest to have them seen by a vet straight away. 

Thankfully, there are quite a few gorgeous garden plants that are safe, even if your dog sneaks in a bite or two. For example, sunflowers will brighten up any yard. Crepe Myrtles are also super gorgeous during the summer season. If you want a water-wise pet-friendly plant, look no further than a houseleek succulent. You can also never go wrong with a classic rose bush. Just be careful that your dog doesn’t accidentally swallow or get pricked by a thorn!

What is your favorite dog-friendly plant? Let us know in the comments below!

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