Are Carnation Toxic To Dogs?

You want to buy flowers for your special someone, but you’ve heard that some varieties can be harmful. Dogs should not be given carnations because they are poisonous to them. Some of the symptoms are mild dermatitis and mild stomach problems. However, these are considered mild symptoms, so a recovery in cases of toxicity is usually very smooth.

Why Do Dogs Get Sick From Carnations?

The cause is still unknown. When most dogs eat it, it upsets their stomach, makes their mucous membranes red and irritates their skin. Since the toxin in carnations usually causes mild side effects, there have been no reports of anyone dying from eating them. But if your dog does ingest a carnation, you should still take your pet to the nearest veterinarian so he can be checked out.


The signs of being poisoned by carnations can be different for each person. Some of the signs are:

  • Vomiting Diarrhea
  • Skin irritation, including redness and swelling
  • Diarrhea
  • Itching of the skin
  • Lack of appetite

If Your Dog Exhibits Symptoms, What Should You Do?

It is recommended that you take your dog to the vet if you notice that it has been mouthing or eating flowers or plants, as this may indicate that it has been exposed to the toxin. 

You can keep your dog from eating carnations in several ways. For starters, don’t buy carnations as a gift for your loved one. While carnations are lovely and make wonderful presents, it’s important to note that some dog breeds should never be allowed near these flowers. Second, if you decide to buy carnations for your significant other, it’s essential to warn them about the possible risk of toxicity. Additionally, if you have a dog that shows an unusual interest in plants and flowers, ensure they are safely out of reach.


When you take your pet to the veterinary, she will do a physical exam on him first. Vital signs will be taken, and anything unusual will be written down. A complete blood count, chemistry panel, and packed cell volume will show the veterinarian how the organs filter the blood and how well the animal is hydrated. A urine test may also be done to find out more about the kidneys.

If your dog throws up at the vet’s office, she will look through the vomit for clues about what the dog ate. She may make him throw up to eliminate any leftover plant matter if he isn’t throwing up. If your dog has diarrhea, a sample of its poop will be taken and tested to see if it has internal parasites or an overgrowth of bacteria. If your dog’s skin has rashes or seems inflamed, your vet may take a sample of the skin to rule out external parasites or bacteria.This will make it possible to figure out what kind of plant it is and what kind of poison it has.

Treatment for Dogs With Carnation Poisoning

The veterinarian may use dish soap to wash the topical medication off your dog if it exhibits any skin irritation. Any areas of inflammation can be treated more quickly by applying a calming medicinal cream or ointment.

Your veterinarian may make your dog vomit to clear his stomach of any last-minute plant matter. She may give activated charcoal to ingest if the vomit is clear and fails to contain any plant fragments so the body can bind and absorb any remaining toxins before it does. As charcoal goes through the digestive system, it absorbs toxins. When the charcoal comes out of the body, the toxins come out with it. If your pet has an allergic reaction that causes obvious swelling in the mouth, you might want to give it an antihistamine like diphenhydramine (Benadryl). This will help stop the body’s inflammatory response from causing swelling, pain, and possible blockage of the airway.

Kapectolin can be given at a rate of 1 to 2 ml/kg four times a day to ease the stomach upset. Kapectolin coats the stomach lining, which helps protect it. Sucralfate can also treat stomach irritation because it reacts with stomach acids to make a paste-like substance that can act as a barrier between the stomach and its contents. Most of the time, sucralfate is given to dogs that weigh more than 60 pounds: 1g every 6–8 hours; for dogs under 60 lbs., 0.5g every 6–8 hours; for cats, 0.25g every 8–12 hours, to make the stomach and intestines less irritated.

If swelling blocks the pet’s airway, the pet should be kept at a vet’s office until the swelling goes down and the animal can breathe normally again. Don’t let the plant be eaten anymore, and talk to a vet.

Fluid therapy help to quickly and effectively remove the toxin from your dog’s body. Additionally, fluid therapy will treat and prevent any degree of dehydration that your dog may be experiencing as a result of persistent vomiting and diarrhea. Additionally, intravenous administration of antiemetic medications is an option.

First Aid

If you think your dog may have injest the plant, you should thoroughly rinse and flush its mouth with water to eliminate any uneaten plant parts. You can keep them from getting sick by making them throw up. The combination of hydrogen peroxide and milk can be used to induce vomiting. Give your dog a small amount of this mixture diluted in water. To make your dog throw up, you can repeat the steps as many times as you need to. If your dog has recently vomited, it’s time to visit the vet. Most of the time, a pet will be fine within 4 to 24 hours after eating something bad.

When a pet has more severe stomach problems, like constant vomiting and diarrhea, they should be closely watched for signs of dehydration and given fluid therapy if needed. Even though it is impossible to do this at home or in the field, gastric lavage and using activated medical charcoal will help eliminate and neutralize the toxin.