Able to thrive in varying environmental conditions, hostas are common North American landscape ornamentals. Sometimes referred to as plantain lilies or funkia, these natives of Japan, Korea and China are dangerous to dogs who eat them.
Hostas contain chemicals called saponins, which can cause mild to severe reactions in canines. If your dog ingests any part of a hosta, he may experiences diarrhea, vomiting and depression.
Always go with your dog on outdoor forays if you grow hostas in your yard. If you permit him to frequent a confined area outside unaccompanied, make sure he can’t access your hostas. Don’t allow him to roam freely if he could possibly wander onto the property of someone who grows these plants.
A full-time writer since 2007, Axl J. Amistaadt is a DMS 2013 Outstanding Contributor Award recipient. He publishes online articles with major focus on pets, wildlife, gardening and fitness. He also covers parenting, juvenile science experiments, cooking and alternative/home remedies. Amistaadt has written book reviews for Work At Home Truth.