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Plants which are toxic to pets and children

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Leanne starts with ...
Hi Everyone,

I am wanting to try and start a forum on plants poisonous to pets and children. I have two dogs, one who loves to chew everything in sight and so when picking plants I want to make sure if he gets to them they won't harm him. Can anyone help or provide suggestions?

There was some discussion in the Taro forum about this.

Many thanks,

Leanne
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BJ says...
Onion, Cocoa/cacao, cycad flowers/nuts (zamia also) and many others.

My little skipperke eats everything, so I have to be careful what I put about also. I laid down some blood and bone a few days ago, a 1/2 foot down, and she eats the dirt and gets sick for days. She also eats toads (we've had to take her to doggy ER and get the $900 pump/x-ray/drip done, so have to look at those toad traps.

There are some books, I think Poisonous to Pets and maybe Dangerous to Dogs that my wife reads, then makes me remove plants appropriately :(
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Leanne says...
Thanks BJ I will keep an eye out for some books. I saw somewhere avacados and lychee seeds are also toxic for dogs - although I am not sure if this is true
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Diana says...
Hi Leanne,

Avocado is not toxic to dogs (my small dog ate quite a bit at a market once- it was in a box on the ground where we were standing). The stall owner said their dog eats them too. Apparently it will give them a stomach upset if they really eat a lot (my dog is quite tough though, he bites cane toads and throws up, but doesn't get sicker than that).

Grape plants are toxic to dogs. Avocado is highly toxic to birds.

There is some good information on the web, e.g. search 'plants toxic to dogs', there are several reputable sources there.
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Jason says...
Don't all the vegetarian dogs around the place spend a fair bit of time eating Avocado mixed with rice?. Even Humans like me that almost live on Avocados get a wobbly stomach if they eat too much of it in one go
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Leanne says...
Thanks everyone. I just looked up avacado on wikipedia and found the following:

Avocado leaves, bark, skin, or pit are documented to be harmful to animals; cats, dogs, cattle, goats, rabbits, rats, birds, fish, and horses[20][33] can be severely harmed or even killed when they consume them. The avocado fruit is poisonous to some birds, and the ASPCA lists it as toxic to many animals including cats, dogs, and horses.[34] Avocado is an ingredient in AvoDerm dog food[35] and cat food.[36] However, the ASPCA has declined to say whether this food is safe or not.

Avocado leaves contain a toxic fatty acid derivative, persin, which in sufficient quantity can cause equine colic and, without veterinary treatment, death.[37] The symptoms include gastrointestinal irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory distress, congestion, fluid accumulation around the tissues of the heart, and even death. Birds also seem to be particularly sensitive to this toxic compound. Feeding avocados or guacamole to any nonhuman animal should be avoided completely. Negative effects in humans seem to be primarily in allergic individuals.

I guess it's like anything - if your pets eat something they shouldn't you should keep an eye on them.

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Sarah says...
I've heard white sapote and loquat seeds will make a dog ill if they chew on them..
I have a 14 yr old golden retriever who no longer gets into too much mischief and 2 very young children so I'm also interested in this forum.
Don't plant chillis if you have toddlers. I had 2 wonderful fruiting habaranos and had to pull them up as the 18month old constantly wanted to pick them...
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amanda says...
Here is a good link:
http://earthclinic.com/Pets/poisonous_foods.html
Hey BJ - we have a 4 month Schipperke too! Our first one - awesome breed! :)

I also planted an ornamental Acokanthera which is poisonous. Oleander, of course. We have a weed called Crown Beard - and that's toxic too.
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amanda says...
PS - Leanne - sweet potatoe is ok for dogs though...(my dog put on it by Vet as it's low allergen and she has skin problems...)
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adamus says...
And Onion, and most of the alliums are very bad. but I feed my dog cooked Garlic to keep the fleas off.
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
Most nuts, especially macadamias, shouldn't be fed to dogs - they cause paralysis and locomotory difficulties.
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amanda says...
It's an interesting thread in that I don't feed my pets "human-type" food at all - but they do nick stuff out of the orchard (not fenced) - and the grape vines are easily accessible...thanks goodness u mentioned this guys...

Their jaws would not be strong enough to crack a fallen macadamia nut though?
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trikus says...
I saw a mate who had a small macadamia farm processing his nuts .. and his dog would eat all the broken nuts that fell out of the cracker . It seemed to have no ill effect on the dog . On another farm i worked on the pack of dogs would collect fruit and coconuts to eat . They loved bananas and the top dog would somehow get the coconuts husked and opened ,,, tropical bones !! And seen Labs gorging on avacadoes . they had glorious coats .
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snottiegobble says...
I have been told that if you put lettuce into your aviary you wont have any budgies left to smuggle!
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Diana says...
I think white sapote seeds are not so good for people either, I'm pretty sure it says they may be poisonous in Louis Glowinski's book.

Dogs can live on mainly sweet potato if they have to. People I know who used to live in PNG cooked a big batch of sweet potato every day (as everyone there did), and dished out some to people and some to the dog.
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Jason says...
Because of a few reasons it's best to say white sapote seeds are poisonous in public or in a book
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denise says...
I had read somewhere that pandanus fruits of some specie is eaten by some island people. I saw some ripe across from palm beach and chewed a piece. Rather dry but within a few minutes I had a dire need to find a toilet and found it extremely difficult to hold on in the meantime. I couldnt help thinking it would be good to spike some enticing food with it if expecting a burglar to drop by. But then there may be a very messy house left to clean up.
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Nick says...
I think most members of the Euphorbiaceae family (crotons, castor oil plant and cassava etc) are poisonous, usually having milky sap that can cause some damage, as well as many members of the Apocynaceae such as frangipani, oleander and amandas acokanthera. Azaleas, clivias and hydrangeas are also toxic and popular garden plants.
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jakfruitetiquette says...
Farm pet animals are mostly eating fallen/unharvested fruit etc. The testing is being done at city university and vetinary labs, using purchased product, after fruit has had post harvest insecticide and fungicide treatments.
Some of these chemicals may be more toxic to pets, than humans or lab test animals?
Foxes and dogs seem to eat a lot of grapes and avocados around here, some old farm dogs are grape obsessed,eating many grapes over many months,seemingly without harm?
Mexican type avocados (fruit and leaves) have higher levels of anise scent than other strains. This may relate to higher toxicity of some avo types, and may explain different results in different countries? 100% mexican type Avo would be harder to find in Australia than USA.
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VF says...
To Adamus, garlic is less toxic than onion, but in all forms eaten it can lead to anaemia and kidney failure over time.
Re grapes: the toxicity level of ingestion varies per dog from as little as 10 grapes to 0.9kg.
Other potential nasties for dogs include broccoli, mushrooms and walnuts.
BTW, while I know this forum is meant to be strictly for garden produce, please be aware that the sugar substitute called Xylitol can be lethal for dogs as it rapidly drops their blood sugar level (it's found in all sorts of sugar free products)>
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snottiegobble says...
OK what about insects? When there was a plague of field crickets in Victoria I saw some very crook foxes!
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AnnieTheGolden says...
Add Hydrangeas to the list! Hydrangeas are a flowering bushy plant that is commonly used as a landscaping, When a dog chews on the plant it activates a release of the toxin called prussic acid or cyanide. More info from this article here: https://goldenretrieverlove.com/are-hydrangeas-poisonous-to-dogs/
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