Herbs and Vegetables That Are Toxic to Pets

I have a super cute corgi named Bayley, and Bayley LOVES to garden with me.  And by "garden" I mean play keep away with seedlings, chew plants, and help himself to whatever vegetables and fruit are growing within his reach.

He's a brat, but I love him.

Given his intense interest in the garden, I worry that some of the fruit, vegetables, and herbs I grow might hurt him.  I've read lists of poisonous houseplants before, but I don't often come across lists of poisonous fruits, vegetables, and herbs.  Fortunately, the ASPCA has a wonderful, detailed list of all sort of plants toxic to dogs and cats.  Here are a few that fall into the vegetable, fruit, and herb categories.

Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarium): The big bad of toxicity, poisonous to both cats and dogs.  It can cause kidney failure, tremors, and salivation, and if your pet eats it you should contact your vet immediately.

Garlic (Allium sativum): Poisonous to cats and dogs. Will cause vomiting, blood in urine, weakness, high heart rate, and panting.

ApplesPeachesPlumsCherries (members of Rosaceae family): The toxins (cyanide) are in the stems, leaves, and seeds. Eating these can cause brick red mucous membranes, dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, panting, and shock.

Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis): Toxic to both cats and dogs. Its effects include contact dermatitis, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, and allergic reactions.

Onions  (Allium cepa): Cats are more sensitive. Effects include gastrointestinal upset, hemolytic anemia, vomiting, breakdown of red blood cells (hemolytic anemia, Heinz body anemia), blood in urine, weakness, high heart rate, panting.

This list isn't exhaustive, so if you're worried about a particular plant do your research :)  I highly recommend visiting the ASPCA's comprehensive list.  It is amazing how many common garden plants you'll find!


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