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Toxic Plants to Dogs


toxic plants to dogs, lantana, azalea and many more


List of Plants that are Toxic for Dogs

Do a check of your garden. This is a list of some of the toxic plants to dogs which you should keep away from your dog.  Lots of us enjoy gardening and owning a dog. Responsible dog ownership means keeping our dogs safe. When you are gardening be mindful of what you plant if you have pets and use the list below as a guide to keep your dog safe. At the very least create a barrier between your dog and the toxic plant in question and that way you can both enjoy the yard together.


Some of the symptoms to look out for, if your dog has eaten a toxic plant in the garden, can be diarrhea, nausea, breathing difficulties or skin allergies so it is important that you contact your vet immediately.


If you know of a toxic plant to dogs not on our list please let us know by emailing us.




Toxic Plants

Plant Name

Look for these Signs & Symptoms


Extremely Poisonous/Toxic Plants to Dogs

Azalea - All parts, mostly leaves

Stomach irritation, abdominal pain, heart rate & rhythm, convulsions, coma, possible death

Castor Bean - All parts

Nausea, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhoea, dehydration, shortness of breath, excessive thirst, weakness, muscle twitching, convulsions, and coma.

English Ivy - Leaves, berries

Stomach irritation, diarrhoea, troubled breathing, coma, death

Hemlock, Water. All parts, root and root stalk

Dilated pupils, frothing at the mouth, spasms, muscle spasms, restlessness, convulsions, and death (within 15 mins to 2 hours)

Johnsongrass - Leaves and stems

Breathing problems, severe anxiety, convulsions, coma, death.  Intravenous antidote exists.

Jimson Weed - All parts

Rapid pulse, rapid breathing, dilated pupils, restlessness, nervousness, twitching, frequent urination, diarrhoea, depression, weight loss, weak pulse, convulsions, coma, death.

Lantana - Leaves and berries

Sluggishness, weakness, bloody diarrhoea.  In severe cases, death may occur in 2 to 4 days.

Monkshood - All parts Muscle weakness, hypotension, vomiting, diarrhoea and difficulty breathing, respiratory failure, can be fatal.

Nightshade - All parts

Hallucinations, severe intestinal disturbances, diarrhoea, drowsiness, numbness, dilated pupil, trembling, laboured breathing, nasal discharge, rapid heartbeat, weak pulse, in coordination, paralysis or severe shaking of the rear legs, rapid heart rate, bloat, can be fatal.

Oats - All parts

Breathing difficulty, skin irritation, paralysis, convulsions, can result in death

Pigweed, Redroot, Leaves, stems, roots

Laboured breathing, weakness, trembling, coma, can result in death

Pokeweed, Inkberry - All parts

Colic, diarrhoea, blood in stool, rare cases anaemia and possible death

Rhubarb - Leaves

Staggering, trembling, difficulty breathing, weakness, diarrhoea, increased drinking and urinating, death

Sago Palm is a Cycad and contains cycasin; everything from the fronds, seeds to the roots Vomiting, renal (kidney) failure, liver damage and possible death

Yew, English and Japanese

Breathing problems, trembling, weakness, heart problems, stomach upset, very sudden death

Other Plants Toxic to Dogs

Apricot - Stem, bark, seed pits


Bird of Paradise - Fruit, seeds


Boston Ivy - All parts


Choke Cherry - Leaves, seed pits, stems, bark


Caladium - All parts


Creeping Charlie - All parts

Sweating, drooling, usually not fatal

Daffodil - Bulbs


Daphne - Berries, bark, leaves


Foxglove - Leaves, seeds, flowers


Glacier Ivy - Leaves, berries


Heartleaf - All parts


Hyacinth - Bulbs, leaves, Flowers

Colic, vomiting and diarrhoea, usually not fatal

Hydrangea - Leaves, buds

Irritation and inflammation of the digestive tract, diarrhoea, bloody stool.

Jerusalem Cherry - All parts, unripe fruit


Jonquil - Bulbs


Lily-of-the-Valley - All parts


Mandrake - Roots, foliage, unripe fruit


Mistletoe - Berries


Morning Glory - Seeds


Marble Queen - All parts


Nephthytis, Arrowhead Vine - All parts


Poinsettia - Leaves, flowers

Not lethal, but can cause eyes, mouth, skin and stomach irritation

Parlor Ivy - All parts


Red sage - Green berries


Red Princess - All parts


Saddleleaf - All parts


Tulip Bulbs


Umbrella Plant - All parts





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TIP: If you share your garden with a dog who runs along the fence line, don't put plants in the area in front of the fence. Dogs will run right through them. Leave the area free and plant in front of the running track! Of course if this is not possible build a barrier between your dog and the plants.

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