Many types of poisonous plants to dogs are common to homes and gardens all over Central Florida
With all the predators that dog owners in the state of Florida need to be aware of (alligators, poisonous snakes, pigs, and wild cats) there is another more immediate threat looming in your front yard, and maybe even in your living room! Many types of poisonous plants to dogs are common to homes and gardens all over Central Florida.
Here’s a couple of the top picks for the Central Florida area:
Sago Palm. These plants are easy to grow and can be seen outdoors as well as in-doors in containers. Be weary as these are toxic to dogs and cats. An animal can die within a couple days from damage to the liver. Activated Charcoal is a good thing to keep in your car as a
general first aid treatment. Mix with water and drink as soon as possible. Get to your local vet or hospital for further treatment.
Elephant Ear. can be found at any plant nursery and grows like a weed in warm climates. While the leaves are the least toxic part of the plant, all parts should be avoided. The main symptoms are oral swelling, and difficult breathing. Give your dog a Benadryl and some yogurt or milk. If his airway is blocked from swelling, keep your dog at your vet so they can monitor him. Same goes for your children. Get them to a hospital as a blocked airway can quickly lead to death.
Angle’s Trumpets. This plant is loved by gardeners for it’s beautiful and fragrant bell like flowers that drape down. Beware as all parts of this plant are poisonous to both people and dogs. Many people have died trying to trip from the Hallucinogenic effect the plant has.
Lets name a few other very common plants such as Lilies, daffodils, and Azalea’s. Most people know that chocolate and grapes are poisonous, but so is rhubarb.
Take a look around your house and yard and beware of the plants that you have that might be a problem. Taking general notice of their condition can be enough for you to connect the dots if you notice your canine friend acting out of sorts!