Tropical Plants your Dog should avoid

Sunday, January 21, 2018 | Regina Downes | Comments (0)

Just like people, dogs get allergies too. Certain plants can affect different dogs in different ways. As dogs usually have there nose to the ground (to smell and this is where most, if not all our plants are! ) they go head first into whatever plants are in their way. Finding out what plants in your garden are causing a allergic reaction in your dog, can be daunting. This is why we have put together a short list of 10 of the most common Tropical plants that can cause allergic reactions to dogs and are found here in the Top End.

The list is endless as you can image and I guess it depends on how sensitive your dog is to various plant species. In the list we have compiled, we have only give the genus name, such as Callistemon or Philodendron and not the cultivar name. This is because there are so many plant species out there we would never be able to cover them all.


1. Wandering jew (Tradescantia)










2. Brunfelsia










 3. Devil’s ivy (Epipremnum)










4. Euphorbias


5. Philodendron











6. Oleander (Nerium oleander)












7. Strelitzias Bird of Paradise











8. Dieffenbachia










9. Caladium bicolor










10. Callistemon










Signs that you Dog may be allergic to a plant


  • Sneezing
  • Scratchy throat
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Excessive licking of the skin
  • Itchy eyes
  • Itchy skin
  • Watery eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Eye discharge
  • Runny nose
  • Skin infections
  • Reverse sneezing
  • Irritated skin

*Online Plants NT are NOT qualified veterinarians and do not claim to be. The above information is a based on our knowledge of working with plants and feedback we have received from both customers and our own research. If you think your Dog may be having an allergic reaction to a plant we urge you to seek assistance from a qualified veterinarian.






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