Poisonous for dogs

Asked May 6, 2017, 2:42 PM EDT

I recently bought coastal azaleas- rhododendron atlanticum. When researching the plant further I saw some reports of it being highly poisonous to dogs. I wanted to verify this is correct information and also how poisonous. If my dog eats a flower, will he get sick? Thanks so much

Baltimore Maryland

1 Response

Upon investigating, it looks as if a large portion of commonly grown azaleas are poisonous to domestic pets. That said, it is not something that we hear much about so it likely does not happen often.
As far as how toxic and for more information, we suggest you talk with your vet or call the ASPCA poison hotline:https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants

Here is an interesting article on pet poisonings (suggesting 5% of poisonings are t plant-related and of those, most are cats with indoor plants): https://www.aspca.org/news/announcing-top-pet-toxins-2015