10 Plants Dangerous to Dogs

It’s time to garden! Indoors and out, we load up with gorgeous plants. But some of these aren’t so good for your dog or cat.

While this list isn’t exhaustive, these common plants should be avoided when REX is around.

autumn crocus

autumn crocus

1. Autumn Crocus
Autumn Crocus causes vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, liver and kidney damage, and even heart arrhythmia. Although the entire plant is considered toxic to dogs, the toxicity is highest in the bulbs of the plant.



2. Azalea
The leaves of Azaleas can irritate the mouth, and also cause vomiting and diarrhea. A drop in blood pressure can precede a coma. Dogs can die from this plant.



3. Daffodil
This entire plant is considered poisonous to dogs, with the bulb being the most toxic. Ingestion of any portion of a Daffodil can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, arrhythmias, convulsions, and a serious drop in blood pressure.



4. Dieffenbachia
Also known as Dumb Cane, is a common houseplant that can cause oral irritation, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing in dogs. It can also create a burning sensation of the lips, tongue, and mouth.



5. Tulip
Although the entire plant of a tulip is considered toxic, it is the bulb that is the most poisonous to dogs. Ingestion can cause significant oral irritation, excessive drooling and nausea.



6. Kalanchoe
Also known as the Mother-In-Law plant, the Kalanchoe is a common house plant with small dense flowers. When ingested it can cause vomiting and diarrhea. In rare cases, heart arrhythmias can occur from a poisoning.

sago palm

Sago Palm

7. Sago Palm
The Sago Palm is an extremely poisonous plant to dogs when ingested, causing bloody vomiting and diarrhea, bleeding disorders, liver failure and death.



8. Oleander
Oleander is a popular bush, found throughout the southern United States and California. It is very toxic to dogs and can cause heart abnormalities, muscle tremors, incoordination, vomiting and bloody diarrhea.



9. Cyclamen
Also known as Sowbread, is a poisonous.  It can cause oral irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, heart abnormalities, seizures and death.



10. Amaryllis
The toxins from this plant can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hypersalivation, anorexia, and tremors in dogs.

Enjoy your summer and keep your pets safe!

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aspca2Sammie’s Friends wishes to give a big SHOUT OUT to the ASPCA for their generous grant that helped us buy hay! THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT!


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Spike’s Big Adventure at Sammie’s Friends


Spike. What can you say about a dog named Spike? That he’s funny, with a super sense of humor? That he’s young–around 3-4 years old.


Spike is curious too! Just watch his reaction to the fish when he’s in Petsmart (take the link to the video, below)! He knows basic commands and love to play in the water and go for walks.spike3

Are you ready for someone who will take your exercise to the next level?? This is the guy for you!

Take this link to Spike’s Big Adventure

Call Sammie’s Friends to talk to Spike’s staff, and schedule some guy time. 530-471-5041

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Nip and Tuck Would Love to be Home for the Holidays


Nip and Tuck arrived at the Sammie’s Friends in July. They were loved so much by their owner, who raised them on a bottle until they were old enough to eat. Then their owner passed, and they had no family to take them in.
They’re such gorgeous and sweet cats. If you’re interested in two special girls, call Sammie’s at 530-471-5041, or just come on down to meet them. Kennel hours are Monday thru Saturday, 12 to 4 pm.

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Pets and the Holidays–Are You Ready?

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It’s that time of year when you need to make your house pet safe for the holidays and for your visitors.

That includes boarding, food, gifts, and traveling.

  • Boarding: Don’t wait until the last minute to find a good facility. The good ones fill up fast. If you’ve never boarded your little Snookums before, you’ll want to ask your friends for recommendations. Get you’re pet up-to-date on vaccines,  and most kennels want your dog to have a kennel cough vaccine (also called bordettela).
  • Food: Leftovers can send you raising to the vet in a panic to find out why Snookums is vomiting.  Anything high in fat, along with meat and bones, can lead to pancreatitis. So keep an eye on those plates sitting where Bob the dog can reach, and the garbage, well that should be well away from prying noses.
    • AND REMEMBER: NO chocolate, raisins, grapes, onions, candies, alcohol, sugar-free items, coffee, madacamia nuts, unbaked bread dough (just to name a few.)
  • Gifts: Pet gifts should be checked for loose parts that can be swallowed. (Like the eyeballs of a toy, or the plastic beans in the toy.) Keep ornaments out of reach. And keep tinsel and ribbon out of sight! These things can cause major problems if your pet ingests them.
  • Traveling: If you decide to take your pet with you, you’ll want to pack his supplies, such as blanket, food, water bowl, bottled water (for the trip), favorite toys, and any medicines he needs. And here’s a big ALSO…make sure your pet is welcome where you’re going!
  • Visitors: Are your visitors pet lovers? If not, you might consider setting your pet up in another room. (Especially if your visitor has allergies!) Or you might consider boarding your pet, although most people aren’t anxious to do that–after all this IS your pet’s home! Make sure pet toys aren’t under foot. Toys and a dodgy pet can trip older visitors, so keep this in mind as you prepare.

What are your plans for your petsNow, enjoy yourself, and relax already! The holidays should be a time of love and fun!


Michell McKenzie is a writer and editor and also works at Sammie’s Friends. To learn more about her, check out her blog at http://www.mckenziebookworks.net.



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