14 Common Flowers & Plants Poisonous To Dogs

Learn About Flowers & Plants Toxic To Dogs

Spring is here, the garden is waking up, flowers are poking their heads above the ground. Now is the time when we start thinking about planting the garden for the year.

Flowers, I love them. Seeing the bright colours in the garden, yellow, blue, white, pink always cheers me up. My favourites are daffodils, tulips, cornflowers, lily of the valley and lilac, but really I do just love all flowers in all colours.

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Did you know that there are some flowers and plants which are poisonous for dogs? Barney and Sandy have never really been interested in nibbling on flowers, or leaves or bulbs, but if you have a dog (especially a puppy as they get into everything!) you might be surprised to learn that many of the flowers we all love, and have in our garden, are poisonous, to our dogs.

I definitely was surprised!

Flowers & Plants Poisonous To Dogs

Here are some of the most common flowers that are poisonous to dogs;

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  • Daffodil bulbs
  • Cyclamen
  • Delphiniums
  • Foxgloves
  • Hyacinths
  • Ivy
  • Hydrangea
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Lupins
  • Rhododendron
  • Sweet Pea
  • Tulip Bulbs
  • Wisteria
  • Lilies

We have 9 of the above in our garden!


Depending on what part of the plant/flower your dog has eaten the following are symptoms to be aware of, if your dog has ingested some part of flowers or plants;

  • Rapid, racing heart beat
  • Upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhoea
  • Lack of appetite
  • Increased thirst
  • Excessive drooling
  • Weakness in legs, loss of balance, dizziness, staggering
  • Drowsiness, coma
  • Rapid breathing
  • Blood in urine or vomit
  • Dilated pupils
  • Excitability or lethargy

The Dogs Trust have a comprehensive list of plants and flowers which are poisonous to dogs along with possible symptoms.

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What To Do:

  • If you think your dog has eaten something poisonous in the garden, here’s what to do;
  • Don’t panic
  • Remove your dog from the source of the possibly poison
  • Contact your vet, with the following information, where possible:
    • What you think your dog has eaten
    • When was your dog exposed to the poison?
    • Any symptoms?
  • Take a sample of what was eaten to the vet
  • If they have vomited or had diarrhoea, take a sample with you if possible.

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Your Garden

Before planting and designing your garden for the year ahead, speak to someone at your local garden centre for advice on plants and flowers that are safer for your dog (or cat). They will also be able to advise on the best slug pellets and garden chemicals to use. Be aware of cocao mulch, as this can, if ingested, potentially cause the same symptoms as chocolate poisoning.

It isn’t always easy, but try to be aware of your dog whilst in the garden, especially if you know they like to dig and eat things they shouldn’t!

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  1. hbethp

    It’s finally nice enough here to start work in my garden, so your post couldn’t have come at a better time. Luckily my dogs are only interested in food not plants, so there’s no worries with them, however there are tons of dogs where I live so it’s something to think about. I was considering putting a fence around the flowers, now I’ve decided it’s safest for everyone. Great post!

    • Michelle

      Thank you so much, it definitely makes you think a bit more about flowers/plants that you can safely put in your garden!

  2. Debra Bailey

    Great tips, just in time for Spring! I love flowers and gardens too. It’s just so important to take a minute and do a quick Google search before you grab a new plant from the nursery to add to your garden. Better safe than sorry for sure.

    • Michelle

      Definitely better to be safe than sorry, I’ve learnt something and would definitely think more about planting in the future!

  3. Kamira Gayle

    Oh hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers. It’s amazing how many flowers and plants around the house are toxic to pets. Thanks for sharing this important post just in time for Spring when everything is in bloom.

    • Michelle

      They are mine too Kamira, we have 5 hydrangeas in the garden! Indoor plants are also something to be aware of too!

  4. JoeHx

    This is good to know, especially since I have a dog that will eat about anything!

    • Michelle

      Ah! We are lucky, ours don’t really nibble on plants or flowers, only grass! ;o)

  5. Ruth Epstein

    I wish I had a garden but unfortunately do not but this post is so important to everyone to know when you have pets as we should all be safe than sorry. I watch Layla in the dog park, although there no flowers one never knows what people have dumped there sometimes and I am worried she might eat something.

    • Michelle

      Ah, we are lucky to have a garden here in London. I am always surprised by people who pay no attention to their dogs when they are off lead in parks!

  6. appalachianpaws

    Wow, I didn’t know most of these were poisonous!!! My girls like to eat grass, I will definitely have to keep an eye on them with some of these!! Thanks for the tips on what to look out for!!

    • Michelle

      I didn’t realise either, it’s always good to be aware of your dogs in the garden.

  7. Gel mares

    Wow this is definitely very informative! I knew some of them were poisonous but not all of them! Thank you for doing your research and helping other pawrents out with this info!

    • Michelle

      I’m glad you found it useful!

  8. Jana Rade

    This always makes me think of Jurassic Park: “You have plants in this building that are poisonous; you picked them because they look good. But these are aggressive living things that have no idea what century they’re in, and they’ll defend themselves, violently if necessary.”

    Knowing which plants/flowers are toxic to your dog is so important in order to keep them safe.

    • Michelle

      I don’t remember that quote, but it is a great one! Plants/flowers can do so many wonderful things for our health but also can be toxic if we don’t understand and have the knowledge.

  9. Beth

    This is such important information! I have many of these plants in my front yard and side flower bed, but the backyard only has trees and grass in it.

    • Michelle

      I’m glad you found it helpful!

  10. Cathy Armato

    This is a great reminder that will the beauty of Spring comes the emergence of potentially harmful plants for pets. There are so many of them, it can be hard to keep pets away from them all. Thanks for this!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    • Michelle

      It is hard, especially if they like to nibble on them! It is at least good to know which ones to be aware of! :o)

  11. Poisonous Flowers To Pet

    What some dog owners may not know is that there are some plants and flowers that are dangerous to our furry family members. It is better to do some research about our garden and plants to prevent dogs from getting poisoned. Also, train your dogs not to eat anything else. In the worst case, call your vet once your dog got poisoned.


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