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A Blooming List of Nontoxic Plants for Dogs

Updated: Sep 25, 2020

With COVID-19 still surging, some of you may have had to pick up some new at-home hobbies. Gardening can be a fantastic way to get outside, enjoy some sun, and light or intense labor. The hard work can lead to a beautiful escape in nature, full of fragrance and peaceful ambiance. However, some plants can be toxic to dogs. It is essential to know what plants are safe for animals. If you think your dog has eaten something poisonous, call the vet right away! Continue to monitor for any airway issues such as wheezing or difficulty breathing. Other symptoms could be nausea, vomiting, and lethargy. The symptoms could vary depending on the plant consumed.

Some lovely flowering plants that are generally safe around dogs include Magnolia bushes, Fuchsia, Creeping Thyme, Garden Marigolds, Camellia, Sunflowers, Coral Bells, Pineapple Sage, Snapdragons, Nasturtium, African Violets, Roses, Pansies, Petunias, Orchids, Zinnias, Alostermerias, Baby's Breath, & Gerber Daisies.

It is important to remember that these plants are generally safe if consumed; however, large quantities of the plant should not be ingested. Another consideration is other parts of the plant. For example, rose bushes contain thorns that could inflict pain and or damage to a curious pup.

A general rule of thumb when questioning a plant's toxicity: If it is toxic to humans, it is probably harmful to dogs. Keep in mind that the nonpoisonous plants can still cause allergic reactions or disturbances such as nausea/vomiting if ingested. Some plants that may not be toxic to humans can also be harmful to dogs.

Symptoms of Hibiscus Poisoning 

  • Burning of mouth or throat (scratching at mouth and face)

  • Eye pain and damage to the cornea (if eye contact occurs)

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Coughing and gagging

  • Swelling and blistering in the mouth or tongue (can affect swallowing)

  • Inability to eat or drink

While the flower of the plant is safe, the root can cause severe side effects if consumed. 

Other resources include Rover and ASPCA for more options, including foliage and nontoxic flowering plants.

Here is an additional link to an extensive list of non-toxic plants.

The ASPCA list also includes an abundance of information on toxic plants. 

Stay tuned for another post on Toxic Plants and What to do if Ingested

Jax as a puppy exploring

I leave you with a little joke for today: Why did the Dalmatian run into the flower bed? Because he didn't want to get spotted!

Thanks fur the read,

The Pawsitive Writer

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