Plants Toxic to Dogs

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Plants Toxic to DogsPlants Poisonous to Dogs

With over 700 plants toxic to dogs, it’s hard to know how to protect your vulnerable little dog.

Luckily, not all of those plants are fatal if swallowed, but many can be so it is important to consider which plants you allow inside your home and which ones are allowed to grow in your garden.

Puppies are particularly vulnerable because they like to explore everything they see and smell with their mouths.

We have compiled an alphabetized list of many common household plants as well as outdoor greenery that can cause havoc with your dog if he decides to ingest them.

Signs of toxicity can range from mild, to severe, to even fatal, so before you shop for that lovely greenery that makes a house a home, consider the list below.  

At the end of this list of plants toxic to dogs, you will find several links to sites with additional information on plants poisonous to dogs.

Plants Toxic To Dogs

Aloe Plant

Scientific Name: Aloe vera

Aloe VeraBy Andrew McMillan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Aloe plant that many people keep to use as a remedy for burns is one of those common plants toxic to dogs. 

It that contains a bitter yellow substance which causes vomiting, depression, and diarrhea. 

Other symptoms include loss of appetite, tremors, and change in urine color.


Other Names:  Belladonna lily, Saint Joseph lily, Cape Belladonna, Naked Lady
Scientific Name: Amaryllis sp.

AmaryllisCourtesy of Bidgee, Wikimedia Commons

This lovely garden plant is also very popular around Christmas, but toxic to cats and dogs. 

The bulb is the most toxic, so once the flowers finish for the holiday, do not leave the bulb where your dog could get it. 

Amaryllis plants are poisonous to dogs because of the lycorine, a serious toxin to many animals and humans.

Symptoms of a toxic reaction include vomiting, depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hyper-salivation, anorexia, and tremors.

Asparagus Fern

Other Common Names: Asparagus, Emerald Feather, Emerald Fern, Sprengeri Fern, Plumosa Fern, Lace Fern, Racemose Asparagus, Shatavari
Scientific Name: Asparagus densiflorus cv sprengeri

Asparagus FernCourtesy of Derek Ramsey

The asparagus fern is a common plant found indoors and in warmer climates grows outdoors.

It is toxic to both dogs and cats if they ingest the berries of the plant.

Vomiting, diarrhea and/or abdominal pain can result. Allergic dermatitis or skin inflammation can occur if an animal is exposed repeatedly. 

Autumn Crocus

Other Names: Meadow Saffron
Scientific Name: Colchicum autumnale

Autumn CrocusAutumn Crocus

There are two common crocus plants, the familiar early spring bloomer, a member of the iris family, and the autumn crocus part of the lily family.

The spring crocus rarely causes symptoms more serious than vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.

The autumn crocus contains colchicine, a highly poisonous alkaloid. Ingestion of any part of this plant can cause severe, bloody vomiting and diarrhea, bone marrow damage, shock, kidney and liver damage and respiratory failure.

If unsure of the plant species, immediately take the dog for medical attention.

Initial symptoms may be slight or delayed for days.

Azalea / Rhododendron

Other Names: Rosebay, Rhododendron
Scientific Name: Rhododendron spp

AzaleaCourtesy of James G. Howes

This popular garden plant is not only toxic to dogs, but  also dangerous for cats, horses, goats and sheep–and ingestion of just a few leaves can cause serious problems.

Members of the Rhododenron family contain substances known as grayantoxins,  which are responsible for all the symptoms.

Among the more common plants toxic to dogs, symptoms that you might notice include digestive upset, excessive drooling, loss of appetite, diarrhea, colic, depression, weakness, loss of coordination, stupor, leg paralysis and weak heart rate.

The dog may become comatose and die.

Baby's Breath

Other Names: Maidens Breath
Scientific Name: Gypsophila elegans

Baby's BreathBaby's Breath

This sweet filler of many a floral arrangement seems innocent enough, but not so innocuous when it comes to your pet’s digestion.

Dogs that tend to eat indoor arrangements can come in contact with this plant which causes vomiting and diarrhea.

More of a problem in cats, we've included this in our plants toxic to dogs list because some dogs love to investigate fresh flower arrangements.


Other Names: Thousands of different hybrids of this plant
Scientific Name: Begonia spp.


This popular garden and container plant is toxic to both dogs and cats.

The tubers or root areas are the most toxic part.

Symptoms of poisoning include oral burning and irritation to the mouth, tong and lips, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.

The dog is likely to be drooling as well. 


Other Names: Butter Cress, Figwort
Scientific Name: Ranunculus sp.


This dainty yellow flower isn't particularly popular in home gardening, but the buttercup is a prolific weed that thrives in less than ideal conditions.  You and your pup are likely to encounter some if you spend any time outdoors. 

Symptoms include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, tremors, seizures or the appearance of blisters in the mouth, signaling that your pup may have eaten too much buttercup.

Fortunately, buttercups have an extremely bitter taste that often causes a dog to stop chewing long before he's eaten enough to cause damage.

Castor Bean

Other Names: Castor Oil Plant, Mole Bean Plant, African Wonder Tree, Castor Bean
Scientific Name: Ricinus communis

Castor Bean PlantBy Geographer (Wikimedia Commons)

A fast growing plant that can be found along paths and wooded areas, the beans are highly toxic. 

If ingested they cause oral irritation, burning, increased thirst, vomiting, diarrhea, kidney failure, and convulsions and death. 

As little as one ounce of seeds can be fatal.  

Considered an invasive plant by many,this is not one of those plants you want growing in your yard.


Other Names: Daisy, Mum;
Scientific Name: Chrysanthemum spp.


Dogs and cats may still be drawn to this lovely fall flowering plant.  It’s not likely to cause death, but it is a popular plant and can cause quite a bit of discomfort.

In certain cases, depression and loss of coordination may also develop if enough of any part of the plant is consumed.

The most common symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, dermatitis, and excessive salivating. 

This is only a small list of plants toxic to dogs.  For more information, the ASPCA website offers a much more comprehensive list.

If you think your dog has eaten something he should not have, call your veterinarian. 

Two poison control organizations that are helpful and are available to you 24/7 are the Animal Poison Control Center (1-888-426-4435) and the Pet Poison Helpline (1-800-213-6680).

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