As spring approaches, many of us are eager to get out into the garden and enjoy the sunshine. However, for dog owners, it’s important to be aware of the potential dangers that certain spring flowers can pose to our furry friends. We spoke to John Smith, Pet Expert and Founder of Yappy.com, to find out which flowers to avoid.
Tulips are a sure sign of spring, but they are highly toxic to dogs. In fact, they rank in the top three most dangerous garden plants for dogs. John warns that dogs should not be allowed to eat tulips or drink water from their flowerpots, as this can cause vomiting, drooling, and diarrhea.
Daffodils, another popular spring flower, also rank in the top three most dangerous plants for dogs. Dogs should avoid every part of the plant, from the bulb to the water in the vase. The bulbs are where the toxins are concentrated, making them the most poisonous part of the plant. Symptoms of daffodil poisoning can include vomiting, upset stomach, sleepiness, and wobbliness.
Crocuses are another dangerous plant for dogs, with two different types to watch out for. If the spring crocus is consumed, it can result in vomiting and diarrhea. Bluebells are also poisonous to dogs and can leave them disoriented and tired. All parts of the bluebell plant are dangerous if ingested.
Snowdrops may look delicate and sweet, but they can cause a lot of damage to your dog if the flower or bulb is consumed. Symptoms of snowdrop poisoning can include vomiting and diarrhea. Other spring flowers to avoid include Lily of the Valley, Hyacinths, and Azaleas. These can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and in some cases, affect your dog’s heart rate and respiration.
Despite the potential dangers, there are plenty of ways to make your garden safe and stimulating for your pooch. Consider creating dedicated dog areas and securing your garden plots so your dog can’t dig up your plants or urinate on your lawns. Creating different routes throughout the garden, like clearly defined paths and designated play and digging areas, can also be helpful. Laying different surface textures can stimulate your pup’s paws, and plants like Salix and ornamental grasses can provide entertainment.
It’s important to remember that if your dog does become unwell, you should speak to your local vet and seek medical assistance immediately. By being aware of the potential dangers and taking steps to create a dog-friendly garden, you can ensure your furry friend stays happy and healthy throughout the spring season.