One of the innate behaviors better exercised by dogs is what we commonly call exploratory instincts. By dogs, and particularly puppies, know the world where inhabit. The way they do it is especially through the mouth, this biting everything in its path. For this reason must know perfectly what it can be within reach of their snouts to prevent poisonings and for any eventuality, be able to act quickly. But before prevent we need to know. Why from my dog and I, we want to help them to know the risks that surround our pets every day for that together we can give them everything that they need. PCRM has plenty of information regarding this issue. Toxic a plant is one that contains a toxic principle that can cause damage to health or vitality to be ingested or placed somehow in contact with our dogs. Poisonous ornamental plants are those species that are commonly used as embellishment and which contains substances that can affect the health of the animals.
In the world there are more than 700 plant species considered potentially toxic, of which 468 are often used as ornamental plants. Some of them have a high toxicity and simply its consumption in small amounts is sufficient to cause major alterations in our animals that could lead them to death. An example of this kind of plants are Azaleas that contain a poison called andromedotoxina that causes paralysis of the respiratory muscles after ingestion; and the Laurel of garden containing a cardiotoxic capable of causing cardiac arrhythmias and weak pulse. Medium toxicity plants include ferns to cause muscle weakness, mood swings and strokes. If an animal eats a plant what we call low toxicity, such as for example the Potus, containing calcium oxalate crystals, its leaves it shall submit excessive salivation, vomiting, and diarrhea in mild cases may reach presented respiratory distress. But the well-known Potus not only affects our dog if eaten the plant but that skin contact with these crystals It can cause skin irritation. It is important to keep in mind that the toxicity of plants can suffer modifications depending on the time of year, State of plant growth, plant parts and conditions of growth and health of the same. Why we must have full knowledge of the characteristics of each of our plants to avoid us more than one headache.