Foxglove is extremely toxic for dogs

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The foxglove is a mostly biennial flower that is popular in many gardens and can reach a height of up to 1.5 metres. Its long-flowering, bell-shaped flowers and come in a striking multitude. They can be white, pink, yellow or even red.

The foxglove is also found in forests and along forest borders. Here the foxgloves usually grow in clusters.

All plant parts of the foxglove are very poisonous for dogs and can affect the heart very badly.


Foxglove is also known as:
  • common foxglove
Foxglove in bloom

What should I do if my dog ate Foxglove?

How toxic is Foxglove?

Toxicity:extremely toxic (extremely toxic)
Toxic parts:All parts of the foxglove are very poisonous to dogs.
Toxic time:spring, summer, autumn
Antidote:Digitalis
POISONINGS REQUIRE QUICK REACTION:
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 Foxglove

Plant species:herbs
Occurrence:Gardens, Parks, Forests
Areas:Western Europe
Flowering time:summer, autumn
Fruit ripening:summer

Symptoms

Symptoms of foxglove poisoning in dogs may include:

  • nausea
  • increased salivation
  • vomiting
  • abdominal pain
  • occasionally bloody diarrhoea
  • weakness
  • mobility disorders
  • coma
  • heart palpitations
  • death from cardiac arrest is possible

Treatment

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. 

To alleviate the symptoms, in severe cases of poisoning, the veterinarian can administer an antidote. If necessary, infusions and medication can be given and vital functions monitored during the critical phase.

More information on dog poisonings can be found here: 

Preventing, identifying and treating poisoning in dogs

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