The danger of poisonous weeds for dogs

Dogs are very friendly and loyal creatures. If you have a dog in your home then you don’t need to worry about you and your family’s security. You can leave your house alone with your dog and you can also sleep soundly at night because your dog is going to stay alert and protect your house. But when it comes to protecting you then it is only your responsibility to protect the health of your dog. You have to treat your dog like your own child and this means that you have to take care of the diet, sleep, exercise, health, medication, bathing, hygiene and many other factors of your dog.

Dogs can sense danger but most of the time dogs don’t know what is beneficial for them and what is harmful for them. So, it is the responsibility of the dog’s owner to take care of the safety and well-being of his dog. When your dog is taking his outdoor walks then he gets the chance to take a bite out of many outdoor plants. Most of these outdoor plants including your lawn grass are not harmful for your dog but still there are many poisonous plants for dogs that can cause severe damage to the health of your dog.

How these weeds can be harmful?

You might be wondering that how these weeds can harm your dog. All those plants that are toxic can cause severe damage to your pet’s digestive tract. As these plants contain toxic content so they can irritate the inside of the mouth, lungs and gastro-intestinal area of your pet’s body. If your pet has nibbled on a toxic plant then the vomiting is the only thing that would help him eradicate these toxins from his body.

Be careful!

You need to be extremely careful while spraying weed-killing chemicals in your lawn, same goes with the pesticides. If you are applying chemicals in your lawn then you need to pre-think the situation where your dog is going to wander in your lawn and nibble off the plants.  Pets’ getting affected by the chemicals is not limited only to their act of nibbling on the outdoor plants but they can still catch the toxins by taking a walk in the lawn. Chemicals that you have sprayed on the lawn plants also get absorbed in the land and gums up with the paws of your pet when he takes a walk around the lawn. These chemicals can easily get in your pet’s stomach as you know that pets have the habit of licking their body.

List of poisonous weeds and plants

  • Nightshade
  • Bloodroot
  • Corn Cockle
  • Buttercup
  • Monkshood
  • Skunk cabbage
  • Pokeweed
  • Smart Weeds
  • Jimsonweed

How to check if the weeds have affected the dog?

If you doubt that your dog has bitten a poisonous plant or weed then you immediately need to check out the part of the weed or plant your dog has swallowed. Some of the plants are not entirely poisonous so it’s not necessary that the part swallowed by your dog is poisonous.


If your dog has swallowed a poisonous weed or plant then he will show the following symptoms:

  • Heavy breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Showing depressed actions

The only treatment of poisonous weeds for dogs is to call the vet and rush your dog to the vet’s clinic immediately. If you are sure about the weed or plant that your dog has swallowed then its best to take that weed along with you.

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