Pacific Northwest Plants that are Toxic for Dogs

The Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful places to live. We have mountains, water, trails and an abundance of indigenous plants that add to the beauty and colorful landscape we call home. The only thing that makes our surroundings even better is enjoying them with our family, including our four-legged family members. However, as wonderful as it is to enjoy the great outdoors, there are some things we need to avoid in order to keep them safe and healthy.  Below is a list of plants that are common to the Pacific Northwest and also happen to be toxic for dogs.


Urban Plants

  • English Ivy
  • Horse Chestnuts
  • English Laurel
  • Rhododendron

Rural Plants

  • Common Tansy
  • Death Camas
  • Death Cap Mushroom
  • Foxglove
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Poison Hemlock/Water Hemlock
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Larkspur
  • Bracken Fern

The toxic effects of these plants range from causing nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea to more serious and life-threatening situations. It’s important to know and recognize these plants so that you can keep your pets safe from them and also, keep your own yard free from toxic plants.

For additional information, check out these resources:

Washington’s Toxic Plants

34 Poisonous Houseplants for Dogs

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