After enduring another long, harsh winter, most of us welcome the arrival of spring with open arms. We’re even willing to tolerate those frequent April showers, as they lead to the blooming of our favorite plants and flowers in May. You know your dog enjoys the May plants and flowers almost as much as you do. He’ll probably spend lots of time exploring, sniffing and tasting whatever happens to be growing in your garden, flowerbed or elsewhere on your property.
But while most plants and flowers will not harm your dog, some could trigger allergic reactions or even lead to the onset of serious illnesses. Here’s a partial list of plants and flowers your dog should avoid this spring:
- Azalea — Ingesting just a few leaves from this member of the rhododendron family can have serious health ramifications for your dog. Possible effects include vomiting, diarrhea and excessive drooling. A severe azalea reaction can cause a dog to become comatose and possibly die.
- Lily of the Valley — The Lily of the Valley contains cardiac glycosides that can lead to the onset of symptoms such