Spring is here, and with it, the frequent walks to the park filled with outdoor activities with your dog! We know how happy they are when going for a run or playing with other furry friends. However, it is very important that you are aware of the sector you are in since there are silent dangers for our dogs.
There are numerous plants that can be toxic to our furry friends and that simple contact can cause allergic skin reactions. On other occasions, it can be worse because they can ingest them and cause severe gastrointestinal problems that could lead to death.
The toxins are in leaves, stems, flowers, or fruits, which are only found in certain seasons of the year.
Here is a list of the most poisonous plants so that you and your dog can avoid them at all costs:
1. Autumn Narcissus: This plant is extremely toxic. It causes vomiting, liver and kidney damage, respiratory failure, and more. The symptoms will not necessarily be immediate.
2. Azalea: This plant can cause diarrhea and vomiting in your dog. It is vital that if you suspect your dog ingested this plant, take them to the veterinarian as it could be fatal.
3. Cyclamen: Its roots are dangerous and can cause severe vomiting and even death.
4. Kalanchoe: Causes vomiting, diarrhea, or cardiac arrhythmia.
5. Lilium: This plant can cause skin, mouth, tongue, or esophageal conditions.
6. Oleander: The leaves and flowers are toxic. It causes vomiting, slows the pulse, and can lead to death.
7. Dieffenbachia: mouth irritation, nausea, and vomiting. It can even cause difficulty swallowing.
8. Narcissus: This plant can cause stomach damage, pain, and even arrhythmias.
9. Lily of the valley: It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, severe arrhythmias, and even seizures. It is important to go to the veterinarian.
10. Sago Palm: Leaves and seeds can cause blood in the stool, stomach damage, severe liver failure, and even death.
11. Tulips and Hyacinth: The toxicity of this plant is found in the bulbs. This can cause irritation in the mouth and esophagus. The symptoms that it can produce would be excessive drooling, vomiting, or diarrhea.
12. Marijuana: The symptoms after ingestion are depression of the central nervous system, vomiting, drooling, increased heart rate, seizures, and they could even fall into a coma.
13. Hydrangea: Leaves and flowers are harmful and can cause gastrointestinal disorders, vomiting, diarrhea, and lack of coordination.
What should I do if my dog appears intoxicated?
The intake of poisonous plants is not always evident and could manifest itself in digestive, nervous, or hematological signs.
If you have some of these plants in your home, you must identify them so that in case of an accident, you could take action on the matter quickly and effectively.
If you went to the park, you should be very careful with your dog and keep an eye on it, as sometimes you need to tell the veterinarian:
– What kind of plant it was.
– The dose ingested by your dog.
As soon as you recognize the symptoms, you should immediately call your veterinarian, give him/her the corresponding information, do not omit any of the signs, and follow the treatment that he/she provides in a fulfilled way and to the letter.
We hope this blog can save your furry friend from any mishap that may occur on a walk to the park, or even in your home. Here at Walkie Paws, we recommend to be very careful and follow step by step what your veterinarian tells you.
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