Can Dogs Eat Carnation Stems?

by Naomi Millburn
    Carnations and dogs do not belong together, simply put.

    Carnations and dogs do not belong together, simply put. Images

    If you're a protective, loving and concerned doggie owner, then you are probably all too familiar with the trepidation and anxiety of your pet approaching an unfamiliar plant, even one as pretty and common as the carnation. After all, a lot of plants are toxic to canines, carnations included.

    About Carnations

    Carnations are herbaceous perennial flowering plants that are fixtures throughout gardens all over the world, particularly during the warm summer months of June and July. The plant, which is known scientifically as Dianthus caryophyllus, is often revered for its flowers, which are brightly colored and fragrant. Carnations originate in Eurasia.

    Doggie Safety

    Dogs should not be allowed to eat carnation stems, or any other parts of the plant for that matter. The ASPCA indicates that carnations not only are toxic and potentially harmful to canines, but also to felines. Keep them away from all of your furry cuties. Since the irritant of the carnation isn't certain, it is important to never allow your dog to go near a carnation, much less eat it, whether the stem or the petals.


    If your precious doggie for any reason eats any component of a carnation, he may experience a variety of unpleasant symptoms. The ASPCA notes several of these, which include moderate skin inflammation and itching along with subtle digestive upset, such as abdominal pain and diarrhea. In the event that your pet exhibits any of these signs due to eating any part of a carnation, immediately seek veterinary attention for the poor thing.


    The easier you can identify a carnation visually, the easier it will be for you to keep your dog away from one, especially if you're in an unfamiliar yard or landscape -- say a public park, for example. In terms of size, the heights usually range from about 10 to 20 inches. Although bicolored flowers do appear, most are usually white, pink or red. The leaves often are deep green or grayish-blue in tone. The bottom line is to never, ever allow your pet near an unfamiliar plant and never, ever allow your pet's mouth near a carnation of any type.

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    About the Author

    Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

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