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[–] RikkiTikkiTavi 6 points (+6|-0)

Thank you for this. I really could have used it last Friday.

It was a frightening hour between 10 and 11 when my pup starting to vomit everything he had eaten that morning and about a dozen more of a frothy mucus mix while I rushed him to his vet. It was only after he was there that I recalled that I had dug up some elephant ears at 9:30am. I relayed that info to the vet and although his toxic exposure was super dramatic - no permanent harm done - other than to my bank account...

Before this I had considered elephant ears relatively benign. The dogs have never even seemed to notice them, but my disturbing the plants gave my pup a chance to sneakily grab some root pieces. Nom-nom and then puke-puke.

I am going to pour over that list and make sure the truly deadly things are far from the dog areas.

How scary! I'm glad your pupper is ok.

[–] RikkiTikkiTavi 2 points (+2|-0)

It was scary. I knew something was seriously wrong and shifted into emergency mode which stopped my brain from recalling what might have started the incident until I had him in the safe arms of the vet techs.

Looking over the list I see I have a treasure trove of toxic plants. Almost all are in pots and mostly out of the way of the dogs so I don't consider them at this age (1 year old) to be likely to disturb them. But I am forever more going to be super vigilant when repotting or otherwise disturbing things.

The site is very easy to use, you can sort by animal, search the plant or scroll through the list. It has what parts of the plant are toxic (good for plants like apples where the flesh is ok but the leaves and toxic) and the symptoms of poisoning.

It can be hard to find certain plants so try the common name and the genus name (the full scientific name may be too specific)

[–] Rhapsody 1 points (+1|-0)

As a rule of thumb, I always teach my dogs that potted plants are to be left alone, but this list is extremely helpful to know!