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Plants add comfort and visual appeal to a home, but as a dog owner, one must be careful when choosing the horticulture for the space you share with your beloved pet. With over 700 plants that can be toxic to our canine friends, it can be challenging to avoid the ones that can cause poisoning, particularly due to variations in names of plants, from region to region, and from scientific name to common name.

To see your dog in distress from poisoning can be terrifying, and signs can range from simple stomach upset to severe illness, and in the worst cases this can be fatal.  Listed here are 12 common plants to walk away from when choosing plants for your property and home.

1. Corn plant, Dracaena fragrans


The saponin in this plant is the cause of poisoning in dogs. If it is consumed by your canine you might see vomiting, possibly blood in conjunction with the vomiting, increased drooling, reduced appetite, overall depression and affect. Dilated pupils in cats may also indicate poisoning from corn. The corn plant is known my many different names: Cornstalk Plant, Dracaena, Dragon Tree, or Ribbon Plant.


2. Tulip, Tulipa


This very common plant is toxic in its entirety to dogs, however its bulb is the most severe in poisoning risk. If your dog digs up the bulb or eats a portion of the plant, you may see very sore and irritated mucous membranes in the mouth area, a great deal of drooling and even vomiting.

3. Daffodil, Narcissus  (known as daffadowndilly, narcissus, and jonquil)


Like the tulip, the whole of the plant is poisonous to our canines, and again the bulb is most dangerous. The reactions to this plant are more extreme than to the tulip however. Not only will you see stomach upset, but reactions range from diarrhea to stomach discomfort, up to heart beat irregularities (arrhythmias), seizures and even a dangerous reduction in blood pressure.

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