This article discusses poisonous plants for dogs. Surprisingly, some common indoor houseplants can kill your dog.
I bet you decorate a number of plants inside your house. Plants like caladium, elephant ears, alocasia, a little skunk cabbage, and a few philodendrons make your home that much more cozy. I also bet the dog gets into the plants inside the house. It is a pain to clean up, but not that big of deal.
Not so fast! All of the plants in the paragraph above contain a form of sharp crystals called calcium oxalate. If your dog happens to get into one of these indoor plants the plant becomes embedded in their mouth and causes excruciating pain. The back of the tongue may swell, keeping the dog from breathing and ultimately ending in death.
Another example of an indoor poisonous plant is the ever popular mistletoe. This holiday plant often gets tossed out in the garbage after the holidays and we all know how dogs love to go through garbage. If the dog takes a bite of mistletoe, it is going to get very sick, very fast.
The yellow Jessamine is a gorgeous plant and is very popular for wedding ceremonies. The bride will generally carry Jessamine in their bouquets as they walk down the aisle. They are often tossed aside, much to the chagrin of dog owners. This plant is extremely deadly for any dog that gets in its way.
It’s not just outdoor plants that can be deadly for your dog, it is very important to be aware of the plants that you keep in your home and around your dog. You need to make your dog’s life a priority and do everything you can to protect them.
If the worst happens and your dog does happen to be poisoned by a plant toxin, take your dog immediately to a veterinarian. Do everything you can to know which plant your dog got into because that is going to help your vet tremendously in providing the correct medicine.
Call the national Poison Control Center as well because vets are not as well versed in the plant world. A botanist would be beneficial and the more information you have, the better you will be able to protect your dog’s life.
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