Gardens are havens of natural beauty, but it is essential to remember that some plants can be harmful to our pets. Dogs, curious by nature, may bite, lick or ingest plants without knowing that some of them are toxic and could cause them discomfort or even be lethal in certain cases. Therefore, when planning a garden in homes with dogs, it is essential to know which species to avoid.
Species to avoid in a garden with dogs
Azalea and Rhododendron: These beautiful plants are poisonous to dogs, causing vomiting, diarrhea and even heart problems.
Hydrangeas: Although lovely, they contain toxic substances that can cause stomach upset, vomiting and lethargy in dogs.
Lilies: They are particularly dangerous to cats, but can also be harmful to dogs if ingested, causing serious kidney problems.
Aloe Vera: This plant, known for its healing properties for humans, can be harmful to dogs, causing gastrointestinal discomfort if consumed in large quantities.
Daturas and Plants of the Solanaceae Family: They include plants such as nightshade, tomato and eggplant. These contain toxic substances that can cause serious symptoms in dogs.
Bulb Plants: Flowers such as tulips, daffodils and hyacinths can be harmful to dogs if ingested. Its bulbs are the most toxic components.
Houseplants: Several houseplants such as dieffenbachia, philodendron, peace lily and anthurium can be toxic if bitten or ingested by dogs.
Poppy: Despite its beauty, this flower with red petals contains alkaloids. Experts say that ingestion of any part of the plant can cause sedation or a state of excitement. Some of the symptoms of poppy poisoning include poor appetite, crying and pinpoint pupils in dogs.
If you are looking for safe alternatives for your garden and to keep your dog safe, consider the following species:
- Fresh herbs: Mint, basil and parsley are safe and can be planted in raised planters or areas your dog cannot reach.
- Safe flowers: Marigolds, sunflowers and petunias are safer, non-toxic options for dogs.
- Safe fruit trees: Apple, pear and blueberry trees are safe and can be a treat for your pet.
To be taken into account
In addition to choosing plants carefully, it is crucial to take additional precautions. For example, teach your dog which areas are safe in the garden and supervise his behavior outdoors.
You can also use fences or barriers to restrict access to areas of your garden where potentially toxic plants grow.
On the other hand, if you suspect that your dog has ingested a toxic plant, seek immediate veterinary attention.
A garden can be a wonderful place for both humans and dogs to enjoy, but with proper caution and careful selection of plants, we can ensure a safe and pleasant environment for our beloved pets.
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