Common snowberry is toxic for dogs

Symphoricarpos albus toxic

The common snowberry is a deciduous ornamental shrub that is mostly found in gardens and parks, but can also grow wild. The shrub grows about 2 metres high and has small green leaves.

The small bell-shaped flowers are white-pink in colour.

The fruits of the snowberry are white and the size of large peas. The white berries create a cracking sound when they are stepped into firm ground.

All parts of the common snowberry are poisonous to dogs and cause stomach and intestinal problems.

Branch of the snowberry with the typical white fruits

What should I do if my dog ate Common snowberry?

How toxic is Common snowberry?

Toxicity:toxic (toxic)
Toxic parts:into firm ground. All parts of the common snowberry are poisonous.
Toxic time:winter, spring, summer, autumn
If your dog shows symptoms of poisoning, it is always an emergency! Time is critical for your dog's life. You should immediately call your vet or the animal emergency services and make sure that a vet is on site and then go there immediately. For the treatment, it helps the vet a lot to know what your dog has ingested.

Occurrence Common snowberry

Plant species:Shrub
Occurrence:Gardens, Forests
Flowering time:summer, autumn
Fruit ripening:autumn


The following symptoms may occur in case of poisoning with the common snowberry:

  • nausea and vomiting
  • stomach pain
  • diarrhoea


The vet will always try to remove the ingested poison from the body and alleviate the specific symptoms of poisoning.

There are different methods to remove the poison from the body:

1. ACTIVATED CHARCOAL: Activated charcoal can absorb toxins. If possible, it should be administered within 2 hours after ingestion of the poison, so that the toxin does not enter the bloodstream.
2. LAXATIVES: The vet may combine the administration of activated charcoal with a laxative.
3. VOMITING: The vet can also induce vomiting using medication to remove the toxin from the body. 

The vet can also give infusions to relieve severe symptoms.

More information on dog poisonings can be found here: 

Preventing, identifying and treating poisoning in dogs

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