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A representation of Dahlias

Do you love dahlias and have them in your garden or on your balcony? Then you may have wondered whether you can also offer them to your dog. In this article, you can find out more about this beautiful flower and its effect on dogs.

What are dahlias?

Dahlias are a genus of plants from the composite family. They originally come from Central America and were brought to Europe in the 18th century. Today, there are more than 20,000 different dahlia varieties in various shapes, colors and sizes.

Dahlias are not only a popular ornamental plant for the garden or vase, but are also used as food. The tubers of the dahlia are edible and are grown in some countries as a potato substitute. The petals can be eaten raw, cooked or as a tea.

Are dahlias poisonous to dogs?

The good news is: No! Dahlias do not contain any toxic substances. Even if children often play in the garden or your dog and cat spend a lot of time in the garden, you can plant dahlias without hesitation.

However, this does not mean that you can feed your dog dahlias indefinitely. As with any other food, the same applies here: The quantity makes the poison. Too much of anything can lead to digestive problems or allergies.

What are the benefits of dahlias for dogs?

Dahlias have a number of positive properties that your dog can also benefit from. For example

  • They are rich in vitamin C, potassium and iron.
  • They have an anti-inflammatory effect.
  • They can lower blood sugar levels.
  • They can lighten the mood.
  • So if you give your dog a few dahlia petals every now and then or offer him a sip of dahlia tea, you can do him some good.

What are the disadvantages of dahlias for dogs?

As already mentioned, you shouldn't overdo it when feeding dahlias. Too much can lead to the following problems

You should also make sure that the dahlia does not contain any pesticides or other harmful substances. If you are not sure whether the plant is clean, wash it thoroughly or do without it.

Dahlias are a beautiful and useful plant for you and your dog. As long as you feed them in moderation and pay attention to the quality, you can make both of you happy.

Learn even more about Dahlias

If you notice any signs of hypersensitivity or poisoning in your dog, you should see your vet immediately. We are not a substitute for a vet, but we try to be as accurate as possible. Every dog reacts differently and we recommend you get a second opinion or consult your vet if in doubt.

Stay healthy and take good care of your four-legged friend!😊

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