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It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to watch what your puppy or dog is eating when left alone in the garden or around the house. It is scarey how many things are waiting to make then very ill or kill them.

All evergreen plants in the garden can be toxic to dogs, and usually they will leave them alone, but be careful if you are in the garden cutting back your plants and the dog starts chewing on a recently cut branch.

In the Garden

Extremely toxic:

  • Clematis armandii - a single leaf may kill a small dog

Range from mildly toxic to deadly poisonous:

  • African violet (leaves)
  • Amaryllis (bulbs)
  • Angel's trumpets
  • Datura or brugmansia
  • Arrow grasses
  • Autumn crocus
  • Azaleas (leaves)
  • Bluebells
  • Box (leaves)
  • Buttercup (entire plant)
  • Castor bean (leaves and seed)
  • Christmas rose (leaves, root)
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Clematis arnamdii (entire plant)
  • Columbine or aquilegia
  • Daffodil (bulbs)
  • Daphne
  • Dumb cane or dieffenbachia (leaves, stems)
  • Elder (leaves, root, bark)
  • Flak
  • Foxglove
  • Fritillary
  • Glory lily
  • Glorisa superba
  • Hemlock
  • Holly (berries)
  • Horse chestnut (nuts, leaves)
  • Hyacinth (bulbs)
  • Hydrangea macrophylla
  • Iris (roots)
  • Ivy (entire plant)
  • Laburnum (leaves, seeds)
  • Larkspur (leaves, seeds)
  • Lily of the valley
  • Lobelia
  • Lupin (leaves, seeds)
  • Mistletoe (berries)
  • Monkshood
  • Morning glory (seeds, roots)
  • Nightshades
  • Oleander
  • Philodendron (leaves)
  • Poinsettia (sap)
  • Poppy (unripe seedpod)
  • Potato (green skin and sprouts)
  • Primrose (leaves, berries)
  • Privet (leaves)
  • Rhododendron (entire plant)
  • Rhubarb (leaves)
  • Snowdrops
  • Spurge
  • Euphorbia
  • Star of Bethlehem
  • Ornithogalum
  • Sweet peas
  • Walnut (green hull juice)
  • Wisteria (pod, seeds)
  • Yarrow (achillea)
  • Yew (entire plant)

Around the House


  • Calamine Lotion
  • Emollient creams e.g. E45, petroleum jelly
  • Folic acid
  • Garlic capsules
  • Homeopathic remedies
  • Hormone replacement (HRT) preparations
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Over the counter antacids
  • Steroid preparations
  • Zinc oxide creams e.g. Sudocrem

Please Note: Any drug that is taken accidentally can be harmful

Household Products

  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Blu-tack and similar adhesives
  • Cutflower/houseplant food
  • Expanded polystyrene
  • Matches
  • Mercury(thermometers)
  • Silica gel
  • Wax candles/crayons

In the Garage

  • Antifreeze (this has a sweet taste that dogs like so be very careful)


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