Common Indoor Houseplants - These Can Kill Your Dog!

Published by doggie health care on Tagged Did You Know?/Information, Keep Them Healthy & Safe!

Many owners prefer to keep their dogs indoors for the most part and away from the dangers lurking within outdoor poisonous plants.  However, even though you may feel your dog is overall safer indoors, there are certain precautions you should take when choosing how suitable your indoors plants are for your pet to live amongst and which are less likely to damage his or her health.

Like many other people you may adorn the inside of your home with plants such as elephant ears, caladium, a few philodendrons, alocasia, and a sprinkling of skunk cabbage to add a bit of sparkle.  Ask yourself - could there possibly be anything to fear in this beautiful setting?

All of the plants mentioned above contain a substance called calcium oxalate which is in a sharp crystal form.  When your pet takes a bite of these plants he or she will not only feel soreness from the crystals sticking in his mouth but the swelling of the tongue, preventing the dog from breathing in a normal way is highly likely to cause suffocation and the dog may die as a result.

The much used beautiful traditional Christmas decoration of Mistletoe, discarded when the holidays are over, can make your animals or stray dogs out on the streets extremely sick when they retrieve the plant from the trash can.

Many wedding ceremonies within thousands of churches and chapels each year are decorated with yellow Jessamine.  Blushing brides also hold bouquets of the same or similar flowers and when these decorations are finished with and tossed into the trash they present a real danger to animals who may be inquisitive and eat the flowers from these plants.

Now you are a little more aware of the potential dangers which can be caused to your pet by common household plants, it is important that you take responsibility for which plants you use to decorate your house and how they are likely to affect your pet.

If you think your pet has eaten a plant and has been poisoned, you should take the pet and the plant along to the vets as soon as possible.  However, do bear in mind that although your vet has information at hand from the National Poison Control Center, he or she is not a botanist so any information you can provide to help the vet to make a quick diagnosis and administer the correct antidote will be appreciated both by the vet and your dog!

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