The dog-proof terrace

Dog toxic plants and consequences

Who owns a dog knows that, especially at a young age, our four-legged friends have a strong instinct to chew whatever they find, especially during the teething period. However, adult dogs are not excluded because they are more and more frequently bored or "purify" the intestinal tract, they feel the need to ingest all that appears interesting, fragrant and easy to reach.
Often this represents a risk, sometimes even fatal, which can cause serious dysfunctions and consequences for the health of our animals. It is a good idea to take steps to purchase new plants to be planted on the terrace, without creating excessive alarms. In fact, fortunately, with the exception of some extremely toxic species (Oleander, Ricino and Tasso), the risk of determining situations so serious that they cannot be resolved with symptomatic therapy is not very common. In general it is good to avoid plants with latex or green sap. But if you want to avoid any unexpected events, write down the names of some of the most popular plants in garden centers and nurseries.
Oleander, as mentioned, is a very dangerous species even if taken in minimal quantities, both from animals and from humans. Its abundant flowering and ease of maintenance make it increasingly attractive for terraces and gardens. But unfortunately all its parts, especially the leaves, are poisonous; in fact, if ingested, they cause almost immediate death due to cardiac arrest, abdominal pain and gastrointestinal disorders.
Ricino, on the other hand, has a strong poison inside its seeds that if accidentally ingested after about 24 hours can cause convulsions, death, and kidney problems. Castor oil does not determine the same symptomatology, as it has no poisonous component. In the case of Tasso, almost the entire plant (leaves, seeds and bark) can cause tachycardia, tremors and respiratory difficulties.

More widespread toxic plants

Among the most widespread plants with average toxic parts for the dog, we find:
- Agapanto
- Azalea
- Aloe
- Begonia
- Hawthorn
- Boxwood
- Snowdrops
- Calla
- Cyclamen
- Yellow jasmine
- Wisteria
- Ivy
- Iris
- Lantana
- Rhododendron
- Tulip
Obviously this is a partial list, because unfortunately plants with toxic elements are really numerous. It is advisable, therefore, to find out more about the specific, documenting and analyzing the most widespread species.

Non-toxic plants for dogs

For those who do not want to have the thought of controlling every movement of their dog on the terrace, they can be entrusted to a great variety of very fascinating and absolutely harmless plants. Obviously the selection and the choice will have to be a little more targeted and addressed.
Here is a partial list of species to choose from:
- Aeonium, succulent plant
- Bougainvillea Glabra, a climbing plant
- Camelia, bushy plant
- Maidenhair fern
- Clerodendro, bushy shrub
- Cresta da Gallo, annual summer plant
- Dracena, an evergreen shrub
- Erica, bushy plant
- Jasmine from Madagascar, a climbing plant
- Hibiscus, herbaceous plant
- Lampranthus, succulent plant
- Canary Island palm, palm
- Valerian
- Veronica
- African violet
It is advisable for both adult pets and puppies to avoid plants with excessive thorns that could be swallowed or cause injury. In this regard, for example, you can prefer quality of climbing roses such as Rosa Banksiae. It is a very luxuriant variety, very rich in flowers and of great scenic effect when set against a pergola, on the balcony parapet or to decorate an empty wall. It is easy and undemanding and in a short time it reaches truly remarkable heights.

The dog-proof terrace: Pairings

In creating new compositions on the terrace, the design principles are absolutely unchanged. The only foresight is, of course, to opt for and choose more carefully the non-poisonous vegetables to be planted in their own space, based on the considerations made previously.
You can use, for example, different varieties of Ferns, to create pleasant color contrasts with flowering plants; they are commonly used and readily available in garden centers. The Pellea and the Nefrolepide, for example, with their rather compact habit, can be combined with the beautiful Brunfelsia, an evergreen shrub with delicate flowers that change color depending on the stage of development.
Absolutely harmless are the species belonging to the genus Mentha, which can create striking combinations with other aromatic herbs, enriching and enhancing a dedicated corner.
Even for those wishing to opt for climbing plants, they can address a good number of non-toxic species, always taking into consideration the possibility of hosting them and having supports necessary for their growth. Cissus, Hoya, Kalanchoe, Lonicera, Passiflora, Trachelospermum, Vitis can be mentioned.