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Posted on 07-17-2017

What Are the 5 Most Poisonous Plants for Dogs?

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With years of combined veterinarian experience, our friendly team at Animal Emergency Care of Braselton knows that preventative care is one of the best ways to make sure your family pet leads a long and happy life. If you’ve ever owned a cat you may be familiar with household plants that could be a poison risk for your feline friends but what about dogs? Keep your canine friends safe and happy in your home by keeping them far away from these 5 common poisonous plant risks.

Aloe Vera

This common house plant may be great for your human skin but it can pose a big health risk for your dog. If ingested, your dog may experience vomiting and diarrhea. If you have aloe vera in your home, make sure it is stored in an area or a room that your dog cannot access.

Autumn Crocus

This beautiful plant can cause major medical issues for your dog if ingested. Some of the most common issues associated with this plant include vomiting, diarrhea, seizures. In some cases, dogs can even experience liver and kidney issues after eating this plant.


While they look beautiful in your garden, after eating just a few leaves of an azalea bloom your dog is at risk of vomiting and diarrhea. Severe cases of azalea poisoning can also lead to a drop in blood pressure, coma and in rare cases, even death. If you do have azaleas in your garden, be sure to keep a watchful eye on your pets at all times when they are outside.

Dumb Cane

Also known as Dieffenbachia, this common houseplant looks beautiful around the house but it can leave your dog in lots of pain if ingested. Common symptoms of dumb cane poisoning include oral irritation, difficulty swallowing and vomiting. Additionally, the plant's leaves can cause a burning sensation around the eyes, mouth and tongue, so be sure to keep it out of your dog's path!


This common garden flower poses a very big health risk to your pup. In fact, the entire tulip plant can be toxic if ingested by the family dog. However, it is the bulb that poses the greatest risk, leading to oral irritation, drooling and nausea.

Avoid a Vet Emergency with Preventative Care

Nothing is worse than seeing your beloved dog uncomfortable and in pain because they decided to eat your favorite house or garden plants! Luckily, with a bit of research and careful placement of your favorite houseplants, you can avoid rushing your dog to visit our emergency vet.

Schedule an Appointment with our Braselton Veterinarian

Want to learn more about the services available from our friendly veterinarian team? If you’d like more information on how you can provide the best care possible for your family pet, be sure to visit our blog or call (470) 209-7222 to visit the team at Animal Emergency Care of Braselton online today and schedule an appointment.

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