The Beautiful Flower Dog Owners Should Never Add To Their Garden

The Beautiful Flower Dog Owners Should Never Add To Their Garden

The Beautiful Flower Dog Owners Should Never Add To Their Garden

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Many gardeners, especially those with pets, typically choose the plants they cultivate with care to ensure a harmonious coexistence between their furry friends and their favorite flora. However, sometimes, in their quest for aesthetics, they may unknowingly select plants that can be harmful to their pets. One such plant is the morning glory.

Morning glories are enchanting annual vines known for their stunning trumpet-shaped flowers that unfurl in the morning sun. Their vivid hues — which can range from white, pink, and blue to purple and red — and ability to cover unsightly areas make them a favorite among gardeners. However, these lovely plants harbor a hidden danger for our four-legged friends. Morning glories contain naturally occurring compounds called lysergic alkaloids, specifically in their seeds, which can be toxic to dogs if ingested. Although it’s unlikely that your pooch will munch on the vines themselves, they might be tempted by the seeds, especially when the seed pods dry and split open.

How ingesting morning glory affects dogs

Morning glory blooms

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When dogs ingest morning glory seeds containing these alkaloids, they may experience symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, and in severe cases, hallucinations, tremors, and liver failure. It’s important to note that the toxic dose of these seeds varies depending on the size and sensitivity of your pup, as well as the specific species of morning glory. If you suspect your dog has ingested morning glory seeds, seek immediate veterinary care. Your vet will run tests on your pup and from there, determine the best course of treatment, which could include IV fluids and medication.

As responsible dog owners, it’s crucial to be aware of the plants we introduce into our gardens. While morning glories might add a burst of color, their potential danger to our furry friends makes them a risky choice. Instead, opt for pet-friendly alternatives like petunias, marigolds, or sunflowers to achieve that same vibrant garden appeal without the worry.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.