Dogs are known for their insatiable appetite and often curious nature. Inquisitive dogs will eat almost anything they can get their paws on, including non-food items like shoes and socks. But when it comes to food, pet owners must be careful about what they feed their furry friends. One question that frequently arises is whether or not dogs can eat jasmine.
What is Jasmine?
Jasmine is a flowering plant that belongs to the Oleaceae family. It’s native to tropical and subtropical regions of Eurasia, Australasia, and Oceania but has since spread worldwide due to its beauty and fragrance. Jasmine flowers have been used in traditional medicine for centuries due to their anti-inflammatory properties.
Can Dogs Eat Jasmine?
The short answer is no; dogs should not eat jasmine flowers or leaves as they are toxic to our furry companions. These plants contain several compounds that can cause gastrointestinal upset, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, depression, loss of appetite, tremors and even seizures if consumed in large amounts.
What Should I Do If My Dog Eats Jasmine?
If your dog ingests any part of the jasmine plant or shows any signs of discomfort after being around one (like chewing on leaves), you should contact your veterinarian right away. Your vet may recommend inducing vomiting or administering activated charcoal depending on how much your dog has eaten and how long ago it happened.
In conclusion: While beautiful and fragrant flowers might attract our pups’ attention with delicate smells arousing curiosity- making them think it’s something worth eating-, pet owners must ensure only safe food makes its way into their pup’s belly! Remember always check if new foods before giving them a try!