Weeding is not a fun chore for anyone, but weeding can make your garden look beautiful. Why not have your furry friend next to you to keep you company while you garden? If only it was safe for them. You must use caution when having your dog in the garden or outside, because some plants and weeds are poisonous to dogs.



What Weeds are Poisonous to Dogs?


Some poisonous weeds include Datura stramonium, also known as Jimsonweed, Devil’s Trompet, Thorn Apple, Indian Apple, Black Datura, Tolguacha, and Jamestown Weed.


A more commonly known weed is milkweed, which is found in North America. There are over 140 species, and it is highly toxic to dogs. And yes, milkweed is also poisonous to humans. You can identify milkweed based on its pink to white flowers and a milky sap that comes out when leaves are broken.



What If My Dog Ate Milkweed?


Milkweed can be found all over North America and has an attractive smell of honey and spice. So just imagine what milkweed smells like to your dog! Your dog can encounter milkweed in everyday places like your garden or on your walks. Milkweed is toxic when dogs eat it itself or eat the monarch butterflies that feast on milkweed. Eating one monarch butterfly won’t make your dog sick, but several could. If your dog eats milkweed, make sure to bring them to your vet immediately.


Immediately contact your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline®, at 855-764-7661, if you think your dog is experiencing milkweed poisoning. Try and bring a sample of what your dog ate so the vet can try and identify it.


What are the Symptoms of Weed Toxicity?


If they ate a weed that is poisonous, monitor your dog for any changes in behavior or symptoms. Get your dog to the vet as soon as possible.


Below are the most common symptoms of weed toxicity:

  • Collapse
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Diarrhea
  • Drooling
  • Lethargy





Your vet will ask you how long it has been since your dog ate the weed, which will help determine the correct course of treatment. Activated charcoal may be used to soak up the toxins or vomiting will be induced. Digoxin is a main toxin in milkweed so digoxin-specific antibodies may be used. Digoxin-specific antibodies have worked with treating human milkweed poisoning.





Your dog should be able to recover a day or two after receiving treatment. A calm and relaxing environment can help aid in the recovery time for your dog. Ask your vet about any questions you may have about the recovery. For the future, be cautious of what your dog is getting into and keep an eye out on what your dog is chomping on.


If you think your dog is experiencing weed poisoning, immediately contact Pet Poison Helpline® at 855-764-7661 or your veterinarian for help.