Common Poisonous Plants To Avoid

Find out which household plants are actually toxic for your pets

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Common Poisonous Plants to Avoid

While they may be nice for the local gardening competition or your budding Instagram account focused on all things floral, many common garden plants are poisonous to animals if ingested. The walkers at Rover-Time know all about which plants to steer clear of. Here you’ll learn which plants to avoid and what to do if your dog accidentally eats something poisonous.

A Short List of Common Poisonous Garden Plants in the Midwest:

Most of these have to be ingested but some are passed through contact alone.

Poisoning Symptoms:

common signs of poisoning in dogs:
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive drooling
More serious signs Of POisoning in dogs:
  • Low blood pressure
  • Loss of coordination
  • Heart palpitations
  • Convulsions
  • Seizures

What to do if you think your pet may have ingested a poisonous plant:

  • Call your vet or after-hours hospital immediately to determine what the best next step is.
  • Be as clear as possible about what they ate and where.
  • Be sure to mention which part, how much, etc. The more info, the better. Not all parts of certain plants are toxic, some being more or less than others.

Prevention is Key!

  • Keep your eyes open and make note of which areas to avoid if your neighbors (or yourself) are the green thumb type.
  • If your canine enjoys eating street treats, keep a close eye on them whenever you’re near plants you think may be toxic.
  • Try to keep your dog out of flower beds. We know, they look cute when surrounded by flowers (we love it too) but it’s always best to avoid a possibly dangerous situation. Plus, most dogs aren’t exactly good at tiptoeing and your neighbor will no doubt appreciate their untrampled tulips.
  • Keep an eye on any unusual plants the dog may be sniffing in case it may be toxic. Some toxins can be transmitted through touch.

With this information in mind, you and your dog can enjoy all the flora and fauna of summer from afar. Don’t worry, there are still lots of chances to take summer-time photos of your furry friend, just maybe avoid dancing among the daffodils.


Brock Casper is the Southwest Region Team Manager for Rover-Time and has been part of the RT team for two years. When he isn’t working he enjoys reading, playing video games, watching horror films, and going on walks with his dog, Loki.  He lives in the northwest part of Chicago with his partner, Laurel. They enjoy making delicious food together and watching cooking shows.

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