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Toxic bulbs for your dogs to avoid

Some Spring bulbs and flowers are harmful to dogs – so keep an eye on your pooch, particularly if he enjoys digging.


  • Daffodil or Narcissus bulbs, flowers and leaves contain alkaloids which can cause an upset stomach or vomiting if eaten. In extreme cases, they can even cause dogs to have fits. The bulbs are the most toxic part but even water in which daffodils have been standing can be poisonous so keep your dog well away
  • Tulips and Hyacinth bulbs contain a toxin which can irritate dogs’ mouths and gastrointestinal tract, resulting in drooling, vomiting and diarrhoea. Serious cases are rare but heart problems and difficulty breathing are also symptoms of Tulip poisoning.
  • Bluebell plants and bulbs contain ‘scillarens’, chemicals that reduce the heart rate. This can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy and disorientation in dogs.


Dr Gareth Richardson, Senior Partner at Medivet, says: “Fortunately, serious cases of poisoning caused by dogs eating toxic bulbs or plants are rare though, once Spring arrives, we do see dogs with an upset stomach following an unwise garden snack.

"We advise owners to keep an eye on their dog when they’re out gardens or woodland and, of course, if they are showing signs of being unwell, to contact their veterinary surgeon immediately.”

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