What happens if my dog ​​eats croton

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Everyone who has the opportunity having a garden and a pet cares and loves both things. However, we must know that not all greenery is suitable for the environment in which our beloved dog moves.

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We take into account which plants seek the sun, which need shade, which need protection from the wind. And we raise our dog with love and the food that corresponds to it.

However, not everyone knows this dogs usually eat some plants, both for the need to purge and to browse through aromas and flavors.

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That’s why it’s good to find out what plants are toxic and it is advisable to exclude living beings that depend on our care from the area in which they circulate. Today we’re talking about dogs, but about any pet (rabbit, cat, birds) can suffer the effects of dangerous plants due to their bioactive principles.

What happens if my dog ​​eats croton

One of the plants chosen to decorate a garden is the croton, so color and texture that its leaves provide. Croton is the generic name of a series of shrubs: the best-known species is Croton tiglium.

Dog eating plant.  Something common in the house and garden./ Image by Pikisuperstar on Freepik.Dog eating plant. Something common in the house and garden./ Image by Pikisuperstar on Freepik.

Originally from south-east Asia, from which in the past the famous croton or castor oil was extracted, a laxative which over time has proven to have very dangerous side effects, Croton is not a good idea for our garden if we have pets at home.

The Animals and Health website warns in an article that it would not be unusual for a dog to approach this plant and consume its leaves. This can happen just for fun or because the animal need vitamins or fiber and he himself searches for them.

Croton: plant widely used in the garden

Pets also often eat plants stressful situationssuch as a move or the arrival of another pet in the house.

Crotone.  Very nice for the garden, it is very toxic for dogs and any pet./ Image: mralfonsolopez on Pixabay.Crotone. Very nice for the garden, it is very toxic for dogs and any pet./ Image: mralfonsolopez on Pixabay.

The toxic effect of croton depends on the amount consumed, but animals do not know the dosage and can produce a moderate amount abdominal painintense diarrhea and vomiting.

All parts of the plant are toxic, especially the white sage that nourishes it is irritating and can burn mucous membranes of the esophagus and gastrointestinal tract.

Rottweiler Breeders Association analyzes a number of plants that are toxic to dogs and does an in-depth analysis of the danger of croton for the dog. We see:

  • The sap of this plant is a latex that can cause dermatitis, blisters and blisters.
  • It produces dilation of the pupils, convulsions, kidney and liver problems.
  • It also causes burning in the mouth, excessive salivation, prevents swallowing and inflames the tongue, esophagus and stomach.
  • If consumption is excessive it can cause the death of the animal.

What should we do if the dog has been poisoned?

If the dog shows up symptoms of poisoningit is necessary to take him to the vet urgently and avoid giving him water, food or non-prescribed medications.

When the dog is alone in the garden, he usually eats plants to purge himself./ Photo: Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.When the dog is alone in the garden, he usually eats plants to purge himself./ Photo: Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.

Many believe that making yourself vomit is a good way out. But that’s not always the right thing to do. Some plants, such as croton, are corrosive and vomiting can cause more harm than good.

To avoid reaching the extreme limit of an intoxicated pet, we must take precautions in the garden. The first thing is to find out what types of plants are toxic. Good: croton is present in all the lists.

If in spite of everything we wish to have a particular species, we should put them in pots and out of reach of the pet. For example, in height.

Croton will make your dog sick.  And it can kill him./Photo: Pixabay.Croton will make your dog sick. And it can kill him./Photo: Pixabay.

Another possibility is to delimit the land with materials that keep the dog away, it could be a fence or ropes made of materials such as aluminum foil, bubble wrap or pine cone fencing.

Since stress is one of the causes that push these animals to eat plants, we must offer them the opportunity to do so spend energy with walks and physical activityespecially in large dogs.

Source: Clarin

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