Does your dog get strange rashes after playing in the yard? Does your cat get sick after chewing on certain ferns or flowers? If so, the plants in your yard may be poisonous.
Many homeowners are surprised to discover that common landscaping plants can make their pets sick. This is because plants incorporate natural defenses to keep away insects and herbivores. If your pet chews on their leaves or roll against them, the plants will try to defend themselves.
Colorful, softly textured plants that are alluring at the nursery may contain poisons. Some of those toxins are harmless to human beings but can kill cats, dogs, and other animals.
Here are a list of the most common landscape plants and the parts that are toxic to housepets:
Oleander – the leaves and branches Hyacinth – the bulbs contain toxins, and should be avoided if you have a digger Foxglove – the leaves Lily of the Valley – the leaves and the flowers Rhododendrons – the flowers Dumb Cane – all parts Elephant Ear – all parts Azaleas – the flowers Amaryllis – the flowers and stems Bird of Paradise – the flowers Black Eyed Susan – the flowers Bleeding Heart – the leaves and and roots Bluebonnet – the flowers Boston Ivy – the whole plant Poinsettias – the whole plant (very toxic)Palm trees – the whole plant Cherry trees – eating the leaves and twigs can be fatal – they release cyanide when eaten Mayapple – the apple, leaves, and roots (many different toxins) Castor bean – the seed Ferns – the whole plant Geranium – the flower Honeysuckle – the roots and stems Hydrangea – the whole plant Jade plant – the whole plant Larkspur – the whole plant Morning Glory – the flowers Peony – the flowers Primrose – the flowers and branches Onion – the bulb
This is not a complete list of dangerous plants, and it only includes the plants that are most common and have the highest concentrations of toxins. For more information, talk with your vet about the plants in your yard and ask about common plants in your area.
Since dogs and cats spend so much time in contact with the ground, they are especially sensitive to chemicals in the environment. Their lower weight means that even small amounts of toxins can be harmful. For pet friendly landscaping, organic fertilizers and natural weed controls are also important.
Black-eyed Susan brings glowing color late in the season, just when it’s needed the most! Hundreds of cheerful flowers bloom in late summer and float high above dark green foliage and handle summer heat with grace. The plant is non-toxic, and with so many flowers, there’s no way your dog can eat them all!
Use nontoxic sprays on plants:
If the plant smells foul, it is most likely that your dog would not be so keen on visiting, let alone nibbling on the plant.
You can find several dog deterrents in pet stores that are nontoxic and safe for both the dog and the plant.
You can also make natural deterrents like vinegar and water or a solution of diluted lemon juice. Since dogs are not fond of the citrus smell, the scent of lemon could keep them from coming near the black eyed Susan plants.
What to do if a dog ate black-eyed Susan plants or flowers?
If your furry friend, has eaten black eyed Susan plants or flowers, there is no need to panic. The following steps will guide you on how to act if you notice signs of plant poisoning in your pet:
How to keep my dogs from eating my black-eyed Susans?
Since black eyed Susan is known to make your pet fall sick, you may want to take precautions and have your dog know that it’s not safe to eat plants.
Here are a few tricks to help you keep your dog away from eating your black-eyed Susan:
Are Black Eyed Susans toxic to dogs or cats?
Is black-eyed Susan toxic?
- #1 Sago Palm. These ornamental palms are popular in warmer climates and every part of it is toxic to dogs. …
- #2 Tomato Plant. With summer comes tomato plants in the garden. …
- #3 Aloe Vera. …
- #4 Ivy. …
- #5 Amaryllis. …
- #6 Gladiola. …
- #7 American Holly. …
- #8 Daffodil.