I answered the phone last week to a friend shrieking in my ear: "Spike
ate roses!" After calming her down, I learned my friend's terrier,
Spike, had eaten roses. My friend wanted to know what the roses
would do to him? Thankfully, roses will only make his breath
smell better. Spike was fortunate this time. However, the
consumption of some flowers and plants can cause reactions varying from
a mild rash to death.
Below is a list of many common flowers and plants that are toxic to dogs.
Let your cursor hover over an item to see a picture and find out more information.
Because contact with some flowers and plants can cause reactions varying from an itch to death, it is best to teach your dog not to eat plants and flowers. Just as we baby proof our home for a new child, we must also dog proof our home for our four legged children. **Note this is a partial list of the most common plants and flowers. Should your dog eat a plant or flower, call your local poison control office or veterinarian. They can answer any questions and advise in actions needed to counteract poisons.
Below are some of the flowers that are commonly used in floral arrangements which are listed as Non Toxic to dogs by the ASPCA. Keep in mind that most arrangements come with a mixture of flowers, some of which are safe and some of which do pose some level of harm to dogs even it it's just an upset stomach. While we wish we could claim certain arrangements are completely dog safe, florists often use greenery and smaller filler flowers interchangibly based on what they have fresh in stock. Even an arrangement of only roses (which are safe) can pose a danger depending on what greenery or filler flowers are used.
Gerber Daisies (not to be confused with common daisies which are on the toxic list above as chrysanthemums)
Lilies (please note while lilies are safe for dogs, they are toxic to cats)
**Information in this article was obtained from the ASPCA website.
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