Avoid These Plants if You Have Dogs

If you have a spacious lawn and some furry fidos, chances are your pet loves to hang outside and run around! This is great and there’s nothing we love more than tossing a ball around and playing fetch with our pups, but we want to ensure those wagging tails remain happy and healthy when unsupervised on the lawn! If there’s one thing dogs love to do that drives us crazy, it’s eating things that they shouldn’t, this becomes a bit more nerve-wracking when plants may, unbeknownst to you, be toxic to your pup. Today we are going to highlight some plants that you may want to rethink planting in your backyard or keeping in your backyard. 


Tulips are a beautiful and very classic flower. With a variety of colors and gorgeous blooms, we understand the appeal of planting these, but be weary! While the flowers themselves may cause an upset stomach, the real threat lies in the bulbs which, if dug up, can be incredibly toxic to dogs. If you have a dog that loves digging, it may be time to reconsider this flower. 

Sago Palm

Being located in Florida, we’re no strangers to palms of all forms, but the Sago Palm may induce vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, liver failure, and potentially death for your pups if consumed. While the tree, in general, is an irritant, its seeds are especially harmful. 


If you’re growing tomatoes in your garden, we think that is awesome and we’re jealous of the delicious sauces and salads you are likely making, however, we want to make sure you’re keeping a close eye on your pup as they tromp by these tomatoes! When consumed, dogs may experience weakness, gastrointestinal problems, drowsiness, dilated pupils, slow heart rate, and confusion. 


Luckily, azaleas tend to be a bit less harmful than some of the other plants/flowers on this list, but when a dog eats too many azalea flowers, they may begin to feel very weak and suffer from tremors, low blood pressure, or irregular heart rate and rhythm. 


Ivy is a plant that is generally very easy to grow and is great for those who love a ton of greenery. When eaten, however, this creeping plant can cause vomiting, diarrhea, excessive salivation and drooling, and abdominal pain.


Oleanders may be stunning, but they are stunningly poisonous too! From root to tip, these flowers have the ability to harm your dog with symptoms like diarrhea, stomach pain, and drooling. If consumed, it can immediately impact the heart and in devastating cases can be fatal.

Overall, these aforementioned plants unfortunately only scratch the surface of plants that have the potential to harm your pet! Education is power and we hope you’re proactive about what you plant in order to enjoy a lush garden and a happy healthy, pet! For your landscaping needs in maintaining these plants and lawn care, feel free to reach out to us at Skinner Lawns today: (904) 720-2515. 

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