Poisonous plants & flowers for spring/summer

Spring is sign of a new start. It is a season of florescent and festivities. After an extended horizon of winters and autumn, spring is warmly welcomed by everyone across the world.  Many communities also welcome spring with cultural norms. They celebrate start of this season as part of their culture and religion. Upon initiation of this lovely season, new plants and flowers grow and nourish. Although this season brings with it many new and positive aspects, new flowers and plants might sometimes cause diseases in humans and animals. If you have a pet at your home, it is important for you to take preventive measure before start of this season in order to make sure that your pets are safe from environmental issues. Here are few tips to save your pets from seasonal diseases.

Daffodil

According to latest studies, spring flowers with bulbs like daffodil is considered poisonous for dogs. Although the entire plant is considered poisonous to dogs, it is the Daffodil’s bulb that is the most toxic. If your dog swallows any portion of aforementioned flower, it can lead to vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain. In severe cases it might cause serious drop in blood pressure.

Tulip

Another flower which has proved to be hazardous for dogs is tulip. The flower in its entirety is harmful, however, its bulb is considered fatal. Exposure of tulip to your dog can cause oral irritation, excessive slavering and nausea.

Oleander

Another popular flower which is harmful for your dog is oleander. It is ornamental flowering shrub and is commonly found in the southern United States and California. It contains cardiac glycosides which is similar to digoxin. These elements are considered very toxic for dogs. It can cause fatal heart abnormalities, muscle tremors, incoordination, vomiting and bloody diarrhea

Cyclamen

Cyclamen is another flower which can be very dangerous for your dog. It is also known as “sowbread”. It is common household flowering plant however it has major content of “terpeniods” which is poisonous for dogs. It can cause oral irritation, vomiting and diarrhoea. In extreme case it may lead to heart abnormalities and death.

Amaryllis

Amaryllis is divine flower which is very popular around Easter. Not every one of us is aware that this lovely flower can be very harmful for dogs. If swollen, it can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, and tremors in dogs.

Dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia is another poisonous plant for dogs. It is common household plant also known as “dumb cane”. If swallowed by your dog whilst out ona  dog walk , it can cause oral irritation, vomiting, and difficulty in swallowing food. It can also cause burning sensation in lips, tongue, and mouth.

Dealing with a dog that has been poisoned by a plant or flower whilst out on a dog walk  could be very scary and problematic situation for you. It is better to take preventive measures ahead of start of spring to avoid unbearable circumstances. Not only the plants and flowers are harmful for dogs, organic fertilizers in which small bulbs are planted are also sometimes harmful