Siberian Huskies and other breeds of Sled Dog are naturally curious animals. Left to their own devices, Huskies and Sled Dogs will often investigate plants and fixtures in the garden, digging them up, chewing them, and getting into all sorts of mischief.
Unfortunately, all too often Huskies and Sled Dogs come across plants and substances that are potentially harmful to them. This can often lead to suffering on the dog’s part, heartbreak for owners, and expensive vet bills.
As a dog owner, you should make sure that any areas of your garden to which your pet has access are free from poisonous plants, chemicals and other substances. For an in-depth look at dog-safe gardening, try the website Dogs In The Garden.
While there are some plants that dog owners should avoid, there are many dog-friendly plants that you can safely grow in your garden (although keeping them intact when there are Huskies about is always a challenge!)
Below is a list of a list of plants and substances to be avoided. Again, for a full and detailed list, try the ‘plants’ pages of the website Dogs In The Garden.
Some Garden Plants that might be Dangerous for Dogs
The bulbs of Daffodils, Crocuses, Amaryills, Gladiolas, Hyacinths, Irisis, Narcissus, Lillies and Tulips are all toxic if ingested – dogs may dig up the bulbs when digging in the soil. Also be wary of having bulbs stored in greenhouses or sheds – Huskies will get into all sorts of places before you know it!
- HORSE CHESTNUTS
Chestnuts/conkers can cause fits and death if eaten and are potentially tempting to pets.
- GRAPE VINES
Grapes contain a toxin that can cause kidney failure in dogs.
- PEACH TREES, NECTARINE TREES, PLUM TREES etc
The stones in the fruit of these trees contain toxic substances, and if eaten, the stones themselves can cause internal blockages.
- HAZELNUT TREES
Fallen Hazelnuts play host to a toxic fungus which grows on their shell.
- ALMOND TREES
Almonds are toxic to dogs if eaten.
Repeated skin contact with ferns can cause allergic dermatitis, and if eaten, they can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
- FOX GLOVES
- CASTOR BEAN
- MORNING GLORY
- LILLY OF THE VALLEY
- ONIONS, CHIVES, LEEKS etc
- TOMATO PLANTS
- TRUMPET VINE
- JERUSALEM CHERRY
- PRECATORY BEANS
Chewing on sticks from Laburnum trees can be fatal for dogs, and if you have a Laburnum in your garden you must make sure no clippings or fallen sticks are left lying around
As Laburnum – make sure to remove all fallen Yew sticks from your garden
- SAGO PALM