As Davie’s premier provider of landscaping services, Brightstar Lawn & Landscaping knows how much plants can add to our homes and yards. But while we may enjoy the natural beauty of our plants, we must be careful that they aren’t posing a danger to our furry companions. Here are some common plants to south Florida that are poisonous to dogs:
- Angel Trumpet is a flower in the Solanaceae family. Characterized by a yellow-orange flower that hangs downward and resembles the bell of a trumpet, all parts of the plant are potentially toxic, but more so with the leaves and seeds.
- Oleander is a widespread evergreen tree or shrub that produces clusters of white, pink, or red flowers. It is a popular plant for gardens across the country. All parts of this plant are toxic to both dogs and humans.
- Zamia Coontie, also known as Florida arrowroot, is a cycad that is often mistaken for a fern or palm plant. The plant usually stays close to the ground, and generates distinctive seed cones with a red hue. All parts of this plant are toxic to dogs and humans.
- Zamia Cardboard, or cardboard palm, is another cycad. It is a low shrub consisting of broad leaves. Like its relative the coontie, it produces seed cones and is toxic to people and animals if consumed raw.
These plants cause damage to dogs’ livers and hearts when ingested. Signs that your pet has eaten one of these plants include upset stomach, diarrhea, and vomiting. If you think your pet has ingested a poisonous plant, calmly seek the help of a local veterinary expert right away. For landscaping options for your Davie home that are appealing as well as pet-safe, contact Bright Star Lawn & Landscaping today!