Dogs in the Garden

While most animals are ok with eating things in the garden, dogs are not among these. Many goodies in the garden are bad for them. Here are some that you will want to watch your furry friends around.

Grapes & Raisins
While some dogs can consume grapes and raisins with no symptoms, it’s simply just not worth the risk. This is because consuming grapes or raisins can actually lead to irreversible kidney damage.

Onions & Garlic
The Pet Poison Helpline warns that garlic is actually considered to be more toxic than onions. Both vegetables can cause serious problems in dogs. Symptoms of onion or garlic toxicity include lethargy, elevated heart and respiratory rates, pale gums, and even collapse.

The pulp of the fruit is safe for dogs to eat, the plant and pit are moderately toxic to dogs, and can result in respiratory failure and death. The plants and pits contain cyanide.

While only a small amount of mushroom species are toxic to dogs, it’s important to make sure you aren’t feeding them the wrong ones. If you’re unable to identify a mushroom species quickly, it’s imperative that you take your dog to the veterinarian immediately after consumption. Mushroom toxicity is known to be fatal in dogs, resulting from seizures, tremors, and organ failure.

Currants carry the same level of severe toxicity that grapes and raisins do. Even if you don’t notice sudden vomiting and diarrhea after your dog consumes currants, take your dog to the veterinarian. Just like the other small fruit, currants can cause severe renal failure.

Raw & Green Potatoes
Unripe, green, and raw potatoes are toxic to dogs. Symptoms of potato toxicity in dogs include nausea, vomiting, seizures and heart irregularities.

The seeds, leaves and stems of apricot plants are toxic to dogs. They are able to consume the pulp of the fruit. These plants also contain cyanide, and can result in respiratory failure and death.

The leaves and stems of rhubarb depletes the calcium levels in dogs’ bodies. This can result in renal failure as well as other medical problems.

Apple Seeds
Apple seeds contain cyanide, and are very toxic to dogs. Caution should be taken on giving your dog too many apples. It is best to avoid the core.

Tomato Plants
The red tomato can be beneficial to dogs, the plant itself is quite toxic. The stems and leaves of the tomato plant, as well as the unripened fruit, can cause gastrointestinal upset in dogs.