Dog safety: Poisons that threaten a dog


Horticulture and landscaping with beautiful leafy plants no doubt adds a lot to the beauty of a house. But as attractive as this may seem, care must be the watch word in choosing the right flowery plants if you have the plans of bringing in a pet into your domain because some of these plants can be very harmful to dogs.

Fumigation and pest control are better left for the experts because most chemicals (organophosphates etc) used for fumigation are very toxic to both humans and pets too. During fumigation, it is advisable to ensure that all pets are taken away and can only be returned only hours after the fumigation. In some cases it is advisable to return the dogs the following day. Feeding troughs and containers should be removed and rewashed thoroughly before reuse. The kennels should be washed and rinsed several times with lots of water before your pet dog can be reintroduced into the kennels.

The use of pesticides like dry grannular pesticides is better.

Organophosphate poisoning can make your dog to exhibit the following signs:


Excessive salivation


Sudden death.

The following plants have been proved to be very dangerous to pets, especially the pets that play outdoors:

Amaryllis: The bulbs can cause serious nervous dysfunction and gastrointestinal problems.

Angel wings: Also called Caladium (Araceae). The ingestion of this plant causes immediate intense pain, local irritation to mucous membrane, excessive salivation, swollen tongue and pharynx, diarrhea, and dyspnea.

Autumn crocus: The botanical name is Colchicum autumnale. It is also called Meadow saffron or Wonder bulb. This plant contains alkaloids that are heat stable and not affected drying. It causes thirst, difficult swallowing, abdominal pain, profuse vomiting, and diarrhea, weakness, and shock within hours of ingestion. Death results from respiratory failure.

Avocado: Persea americana (Lauraceae). The leaves, seeds, stems, and skin are poisonous especially to birds. It can cause the following: Kidney failure and cardiovascular toxicity

Begonia: This beautiful flower nevertheless causes kidney failure in pets

Castor bean: This plant when properly processed is very edible especially in Africa where it is a native plant. The seed pod has been proved to be fatal.

Hydrangea: The cyanide content is what does the damage to pets.

Foxglove: Also called Digitalis and Dead Men’s bells. Its potency is not affected

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