What Signs Should You Look for if a Dog Eats a House Plant?

by Tammy Dray
It's safe to keep all houseplants away from Scruffy.

It's safe to keep all houseplants away from Scruffy.

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A number of common household plants -- including baby's breath, foxglove and poinsettia -- are highly toxic to dogs. How much of the plant your dog ingests and how big he is play a big part in what symptoms will develop, so keep that in mind. When in doubt, head to the vet.

Common Signs

The most common symptoms after eating a toxic plant are vomiting and nausea. Diarrhea, lethargy or weakness and nervousness are also common with some plants. Some plants might cause oral irritation, which could mean anything from red, swollen lips and tongue to burn-like marks.

Emergency Signs

If your dog has trouble breathing or seems extremely agitated or disoriented, head to the vet immediately. Some plants, including amaryllis and daffodil, can be fatal if ingested in large quantities.

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About the Author

Aside from writing experience, I also have coaching/teaching experience, both as an writing coach (currently teaching three workshops at www.coffeehouseforwriters.com) and an ESL (English-as-a-Second-Language)teacher abroad. I'm a certified Nutrition Consultant and fitness trainer and a longtime contributor to health/wellness publications, from Self to Marie Claire. I am fluent in Spanish and have worked as a translator and a language instructor. I also have two books forthcoming in 2008.