Q:

Are hostas poisonous to dogs?

A:

Quick Answer

Hostas, also called plantain lilies, are poisonous to dogs. Toxic effects occur when a dog chews or ingests the leaves, roots and flowers of the hosta.

Continue Reading
Are hostas poisonous to dogs?
Credit: Takashi Hososhima CC-BY-2.0

Full Answer

Hostas contain saponin, a material that foams up when combined with moisture in the dog's digestive tract. This foam can potentially paralyze the digestive tract and can cause bloating or twisting of the stomach or intestines. A dog who ingests hosta is likely to have severe stomach pain with eventual diarrhea and vomiting. Ingestion of hosta is rarely fatal but can cause a dog to feel uncomfortable and depressed. The severity of symptoms is directly related to the size of the dog and the amount of saponin ingested.

Learn more about Dogs
Related Videos

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Are dogs mammals?

    A: Dogs are mammals. They are warm-blooded, which means they generate the heat of their own bodies. They have fur, and mother dogs feed their young with milk ... Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why are dogs so loyal?

    A: Dogs are loyal because they have evolved from life as pack animals, so they have a strong urge to protect and serve the alpha in the pack, which has become... Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why do dogs throw up?

    A: A dog might vomit for a variety of reasons, ranging from eating too quickly, to more serious injuries or illness, according to WebMD. Sudden episodes may b... Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who are the 10 most aggressive dogs?

    A: According to a Forbes article that rates dog breeds as potential insurance risks for homeowners, the 10 most aggressive breeds of dogs are Pit Bulls, Staff... Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore