Find out which plants you need to remove from your garden.
While Britons are looking forward to spending more time outdoors and venturing further afield for longer walks with our dogs this spring and summer as restrictions continue to ease. Pet-owners may be unaware of the hidden hazards and harmful toxins that are hidden away in your back garden or local park that could be severely dangerous to pets.
According to findings made by Postman Pooch, Tulips are one of the most dangerous flowers to have in your back garden or in your home as the potent plant can make your dog experience extreme sickness and heart problems. Other plants and vegetables like Snowdrops, Rhododendrons, Rhubarb, Geraniums, Ragworts, Daffodils, Hyacinths, Irises, and Bluebells are equally harmful to keep around your four-legged friend as only a tiny amount of these potted plants and veggies can cause severe toxic effects and lead to your dog having some serious health problems.
The top 10 most common and poisonous plants found in your garden or local park according to veterinary experts:
- Tulips - “These potent flowers can irritate dogs' mouths and gastrointestinal tracts, causing drooling and vomiting and breathing problems."
- Snowdrops - “These small bell-shaped flowers can cause vomiting and disorientation and can also result in seizures if the petals and inside of the flower are consumed in large amounts.”
- Rhododendron- “ These popular woodland shrubs can cause nausea committing, difficulty breathing and can lead to commas or fatalities if consumed in large quantities.”
- Rhubarb - “If a dog eats this vegetable it can cause dogs to vomit or have seizures which in some cases can lead to comas or fatalities.”
- Geranium- “ If a dog chews and swallows this [pelargonium flower it can cause vomiting, depression, and skin irritation.”
- Ragwort- “This Jacobaea Vulgaris plant is toxic to a variety of animals including cattle and horses. However, if this plan is consumed by a dog it can cause irreversible liver and kidney failure and can cause fatalities even in small amounts. “
- Daffodils- “Narcissus is one of spring's most popular bulbs and are spotted all over the UK come spring. However, these yellow flowers can be fatal to dogs and can give them diarrhea and sickness. “
- Hyacinth- “Hyacinths bloom in mid-spring, filling our gardens and local parks with a burst of pastel colours. However, these seasonal plants can irritate dogs' mouths and gastrointestinal tracts, causing drooling and vomiting.”
- Iris- “This plant is named after the Greek goddess of the rainbow, however, irises bring colour to the garden as it can cause dogs to have severe digestive upset and can lead to dermatitis. “
- Bluebells- “Hyacinthoides non-scriptas contain chemicals that can reduce dogs heart rate and cause vomiting, diarrhea, and disorientation.”