There are few topics more sensitive to a pet owner than protecting our beloved pets form potential hazards. For this reason, We couldn’t fit all pet toxin sources into just one Wednesday Wellness post. As a supplement to last week’s household toxins post, the name of the game this week is outdoor toxins.
With most dogs, energy levels and curiosity are increased in outdoor activities such as nature walks or camping. Despite outdoor poisoning being less common than indoors, our ability to control what our pets can access in the environment is greatly decreased.
Many owners are not fully aware of the potential plant life and environmental toxins that are hazardous to their pet’s health. Here is a list of some plants that could be harmful and not in your dog’s best interest to come across during her outdoor adventuring.
Symptoms: Diarrhea, vomiting, appetite loss, swelling in mouth, and abdominal pain
Symptoms: Irritation of Mouth, uncontrollable drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and death
Symptoms: Abdominal pain, drooling, colic, and depression
Symptoms: Cardiac arrhythmia, convulsions, diarrhea, salivating, vomiting
Nicotiana (Tree Tobacco)
Symptoms: Depression, vomiting, paralysis, hyperactivity, and death in large quantities
Symptoms: Kidney failure, salivating, and tremors
Symptoms: Diarrhea, tremors, stomach pain, dilated pupils, fever, bloat, and death
Location: Meadows and stream banks in Europe, Asia, and Northwestern North America
Symptoms: Colic, constipation, muscle tremors, stiffness, and cardiac failure depending on maturity of the plan
Location: Grows in corn fields generally throughout the Northern Hemisphere.
Symptoms: Weakness, heart complications, vomiting, diarrhea, and death
Location: Mostly throughout Europe
Symptoms:Vomiting, diarrhea, salivating, and lethargy
Location: Varied climates throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America
Symptoms: Oral irritation and burning, salivating, difficulty swallowing, and drooling
Location: Moist woodlands throughout eastern North America
Lily of the valley
Symptoms:Irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, vomiting, seizures, and coma
Location: Cool woodlands of Europe and Asia
Symptoms: skin ulcers, diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, and coma in rare cases.
Location: Woodland area of eastern North America
Symptoms: gastrointestinal problems, diarrhea, drowsiness, depression, weakness, change in disposition, and salivating
Location: vary in location globally
Symptoms:Vomiting, appetite loss, and some neurological effects causing coordination problems
Location: Southeastern United States
Symptoms:Diarrhea, vomiting, depression, coma, and dilated pupils
Location: Midwest and Lower Great Plains of the United States
Symptoms: salivating, depression, seizures, fatigue, diarrhea and vomiting
Location: India, Indochina, Southeast Asia, and Australia
Symptoms: decrease in coordination, gastrointestinal problems, increased heart rate, and possible death
Location: Semi-evergreen shrub in Europe, North Africa, and Southwestern Asia
Symptoms: Cardiac, Gastrointestinal, and neurological problems
Location: Evergreen, semi-evergreen, and deciduous forests around the world
Symptoms: Weakness, salivating, respiratory problems, nausea, convulsion, death, and coma
Location: Dry hillsides and sagebrush slopes of western North America
Symptoms: Diarrhea, Vomiting, Drowsiness, and low heart rate
Location: Native to Europe and Asia but is also prevalent in woodland and marsh areas of North America
Symptoms: diarrhea, vomiting and depression
Location: Evergreen and deciduous climates world wide
Symptoms:Can be fatal for pets
Location: Grows in warm and moderate climates throughout the world
Symptoms: depression, cardiovascular collapse, weakness, vomiting diarrhea, coma, and death
Location: Found in rocky slopes and mountainous forests especially in the Eastern United States
Symptoms: Fruit it bears can be deadly for pets
Location: Near or on coastal beaches
Symptoms: Seeds in the fruit can be fatal for pets
Location: Eastern North America
Symptoms: Possible kidney failure
Location: Throughout the Northern Hemisphere
Symptoms: Depression, cardiovascular problems, coma, hypotension, loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, and death
Location: Tropical species and Alpine species in eastern North America
Symptoms: Acute cardiac failure, muscle tremors, seizure, death
Location: A Conifer found in Europe, northwest Africa, and southwest Asia
In almost all cases, vomiting and diarrhea are the earliest symptom. Don’t panic if you witness these symptoms but be alert and respond pro-actively, especially if you think your pet may have been exposed to any of these plants.
Making your dog’s trail safe in the outdoors is important. The best thing you can do as a dog owner is to always know your pup’s whereabouts and intervene if they are checking out something that doesn’t look familiar to you.
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