Dog Friendly Non-Toxic Plants


Dog Friendly Non-Toxic Plants

I was going to start with the link to the dog friendly non-toxic plants first but decided you might need to find out which toxic plants are lurking at your house just waiting to possibly harm your dogs.

Don't worry, the link to the list of non-toxic plants is easy to find at the bottom of this page.

What A Shocking Surprise

Would it come as a surprise to you to learn the plants I've listed below have either parts of the plant or the entire plant toxic. Many of the listed toxic plants have the potential to bring lethal sudden death to you and your dogs alike?

It came as a big surprise to me when I learned of these dangers while researching plants to place around the kennel.

I was not even remotely aware of this toxic plant danger to dogs especially from plants that give us delicious things to eat.

Trying To Share This Important Info With Other Dog Lovers 

This web page is to help inform other dog lovers of these potentially lethal dangers and where to find more information about toxic plants.

The toxic plants listed below are just a few of the toxic plants found on the 15 page Poisonous Plants-Dangerous Parts and Symptoms list. You'll see names of toxic plants with familiar names and many with unfamiliar names.  

You can and should review this important poisonous plant list found at the university link at the bottom of this web page. There is also a link to another toxic plant list available to help protect your dogs from toxic plants.

Did you know apple seeds eaten in large enough quantities can cause cyanide poisoning, abdominal pain, vomiting, twitching, lethargy, sweating, coma, convulsions and sudden death?

What about the wilted leaves, broken twigs and broken fruit pits of the Apricot plant? Wow, another great tasting fruit where parts of the plant contain cyanide compounds that cause poisoning with symptoms including abdominal pain, vomiting, twitching, lethargy, sweating, coma, convulsions and sudden death?

Okay, plum plant parts have to be safe, right? Sorry, Rover should stay far far away from the broken fruit pit, twigs, seeds, bark and foliage. These plum plant parts contain a
cyanide compound that is potentially lethal. Symptoms of Rover poisoning himself include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, lethargy, sweating, gasping, twitching, convulsions, collapse, coma and sudden death.

Peaches and Nectarines:
Yep on the toxic list too. The potentially lethal broken fruit pit, twigs, seeds, bark, and foliage contain a cyanide compound. Your dog will have nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, lethargy, sweating, gasping, twitching, convulsions, collapse, coma and sudden death.

What if your dog decides those tomato plants are down right tasty in your backyard? While the fruit is edible, the leaves and vines are poisonous in large amounts.

How About Those Outside Plants Used To Enhance and Beautify The Landscape?

Wisteria Plant:
Chewing on any part of the Wisteria plant, especially the pods and seeds will bring your dog misery in the form of digestive upset, abdominal pain, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea and trouble breathing.

Maybe your dogs think at first think they hit pay dirt when eating the tulip bulbs dug up from your garden until the nausea, vomiting, difficult breathing and palpitations start.

Those azaleas are so pretty. Rover looks so happy chewing the leaves and flowers while occasionally licking the nectar of this potentially lethal plant. Yes, he is indeed happy until the transient mouth burning starts followed hours later by salivation, watering of the eyes and nose, prickling of skin, diarrhea, vomiting, headaches, low blood pressure, slow pulse, lack of coordination, coma and convulsions.

The entire plant, including the nectar is potentially lethal. Eating the plant and nectar causes nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea, pupil dilation, irregular heart beat, drowsiness, paralysis of the lungs, and coma.


Yikes, I'm leaving my dog inside to avoid any toxic plants:

Be careful thinking that way because many house plants are unfortunately potentially lethal to your dogs.

Here Are A Few Plants On The House Plant Danger List:

Croton, Joseph's Coat:
Only a few drops of croton oil sap are lethal to
animals. The potentially fatal sap is found in the seeds, leaves and stems with symptoms including dermatitis and digestive upset.

Jerusalem Cherry:
Berries and leaves are potentially lethal. Symptoms include drowsiness, vomiting, muscle weakness, unconsciousness and cardiac depression. Symptoms may be delayed by several hours.

Mother-in-law / Angels Wings Plant:
While this entire plant is toxic, it rarely causes death. The plant contains calcium oxalate crystals, causing intense burning and swelling of the mouth and throat if swallowed. Skin and eye irritation on contact

As I mentioned earlier, the plants listed above are just a few of the hundreds of plants out there that are toxic to dogs, other pets and humans.

Links to Toxic Plant Lists For Dogs: Note - neither of the two(2) toxic list links below is an inclusive of all toxic plants. As the Michigan State University Extension states, treat any unknown plant as poisonous for you and your dogs.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - The ASPCA® Toxic Plant Lists For Dogs


The Michigan State University Extension - Poisonous Plants Dangerous Parts and Symptoms List


Link To Non-Toxic Plant Lists For Dogs:

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - The ASPCA® Non-Toxic Plant Lists For Dogs 


I hope you found this information as surprising, interesting and important as I did.

The plants installed around our kennel were selected from the printed copy of The ASPCA® Non-Toxic List we took with us to the nursery.

non-toxic plants for kennel

The manager at the nursery we went to was clueless in respect to what plants from his experience were safe for dogs.

While he was a super nice guy who helped us find the dog friendly non-toxic plants on the list, it was a very good decision to take the list with us to the nursery.

We had to keep going down the list until we found dog friendly plants that were actually in stock at this particular nursery.

Calling each nursery in the area or ordering on-line would have allowed us to get exactly what we wanted as our preferred choice of dog friendly plants. We got close enough to be happy with our selections.

Just a little tip to keep in mind if you just have to get a specific plant or plants to make your kennel design plan blend in with your existing landscape layout. 

Have fun creating the kennel design that works for you.