If You Have A Dog At Home, Do Not Plant These In Your Garden

Chowing down on any plant material may cause gastrointestinal upset and vomiting for your dog. But some plants, when ingested, can be life-threatening. Certain herbs, vegetables and edible plants that are perfectly fine for human consumption could cause everything from excessive drooling to anorexia for your canine pal. Don’t assume that dogs instinctively avoid dangerous plants. That may be true of some animals in the wild, but dogs have no way of distinguishing between safe and unsafe plants. The following is a list of common plants that could be dangerous for your dog.
Tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum)
Juicy tomatoes are a staple in most gardens. But as a member of the nightshade family, tomato vines and leaves can be toxic for dogs.

Onions and Shallots (Allium cepa) (var. aggregatum)
Onions are another staple in many gardens; however, when it comes to your dog, caution is needed, as these pose a toxic problem for pets.

Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
This soothing herb may smell lovely and make a great cup of tea, but it is also toxic for dogs.

Marijuana (Cannabis genus)
With the legalization of marijuana (medicinally & recreationally) in SA, some have chosen to grow it. But make sure your dog does not ingest the marijuana plant or even dried cannabis, as it could potentially lead to death.

What to do if you suspect your dog has eaten a poisonous plant?

The plants listed here are just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more plants, shrubs, and trees that can pose a threat to your pooch.
Survey your garden, take notes, and do a little research. Signs usually appear after around 3 hours so if you suspect your dog has eaten a poisonous plant, call your DOG-ter (veterinarian) immediately!

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