With gardening season quickly approaching here in the BC Lower Mainland, we wanted to share that some plants can be poisonous or toxic for dogs. Common plants such as rhubarb leaves and English ivy can be fatal if ingested by canines. This is definitely something to consider if your furry family members are overly curious and prone to playing in your garden! We’ve listed some useful resources below to help you plan your garden with your dog’s safety in mind:
1. The website for the Central Animal Emergency Clinic (located in Coquitlam, BC) has a comprehensive chart that lists poisonous plants for pets, dogs, and cats. The chart specifically lists which part of each plant is toxic for pets.
2. If you’re a beginner gardener and need some pictures to help you identify different plants, the ASPCA has compiled a list of toxic and non-toxic plants for dogs, cats and horses. When you click on each plant, you can see a larger picture along with other common names for the plant and clinical signs of poison ingestion that will occur if your pet eats that plant.
3. Perhaps online pictures aren’t enough, and you want a reference guide in pdf format, that you can easily print off to keep on hand (including pictures, the common name, the scientific name, the toxic principle and the clinical signs of poisoning in a dog), check out the Poisonous Plants for Dogs resource from Biscay Water Dogs. This resource is perfect to take with you to your local gardening center when purchasing plants.
4. For an easy-to-read chart that you can quickly glance at to see poisonous plant names, the parts of the plants that are dangerous, and the signs of toxicity, visit the Toxic Plants for Dogs list from CyberCainine.
Do you have other tips for keeping your dog safe as we move from winter into spring?
Feel free to tell us in a comment below!