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

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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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Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.

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