Heading into spring many of us are beginning to spend time sprucing up our yards. There are many plants, trees, and shrubs that have toxic properties when it comes to our dogs.
While poisoning from eating vegetation is not a common cause it can occur. It occurs most often in puppies going through chewing stages and dogs that are bored, frustrated, or anxious. It is worth taking a look at just to make sure our yards are as safe as possible for our furry friends. After consulting with a local gardening expert in the Treasure Valley we compiled a list of vegetation that is commonly available in the treasure valley that could potentially cause a wide range of problems. Symptoms range from mild mouth irritation all the way to death. Some of the plants only certain parts are toxic while others the whole plant is toxic For a more extensive list visit www.aspca.org or consult your local university extension office.
- Larkspur woody
- American yew
- Azalea (Rhododendron)
- English yew
- Horse chestnut
- Tomato vine
Poison Hemlock is also a native growing plant that has toxic properties.
With all the unknown hazards that we face in the world, it makes sense that we make our yards as big a sanctuary as we can. Be aware of toxic plants in your yard.