It's fun to have your dog with you outside, whether taking a walk, working in your garden, or just enjoying the fresh air.You always keep an eye out for snakes, skunks, and other wild animals that could harm your dog. Potentially poisonous plants may not be on your radar—but they should be. When exploring, dogs lead with their noses. And sometimes they'll smell something and seem to think, "Hmm...this smells interesting. I wonder what it tastes like?" Next thing you know, they've got a mouthful of who knows what.
Rhododendrons on a trial in the Carpathian Mountains | istockphoto/Maksymka
On the TrailHiking with your dog in the forest or a field is great fun, but you need to stay alert, especially if your dog strays off the trail. Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac can not only lead to a miserable rash on your skin, they can affect your dog's skin as well. Enjoy looking at wildflowers? Be careful: lilies, azaleas, rhododendrons, foxglove, African violets, bluebells, crocuses, and even daffodils can be dangerous to dogs. Some other plants that you should keep your pooch from snacking on include hemlock, wolfsbane, ivy, mountain laurel, elderberry, and flax.
Tulips in a park| istockphoto/Altinosmanaj
In the ParkThink you're safe taking your dog for a walk in the park? Guess again. Many plants used in landscaping can be harmful, including castor bean plants, sago palms,and oleander. The flowers listed above are sometimes grown in gardens, as are tulips, begonias, poppies, peonies, and hydrangeas. Not only the blossoms, leaves, and stems of these plants cause your pup distress if he eats them, but so can the roots, bulbs, and seeds.
Tomato plant in a garden | istockphoto/CasarsaGuru
In Your GardenTomato plants can mean trouble. Rhubarb and sweat peas are other dangers. Onions, both the plant and the onion itself, are very dangerous to dogs and should never be given to them. Even some fruits, including grapes, raisins, and avocados can be extremely dangerous. Also keep your dog away from apricot and peach pits: all of these contain toxins which can harm your dog.
Dieffenbachia houseplant | istockphoto/vaitekune