My Dog Ate Lungwort What Should I Do?
Has your dog eaten some lungwort? Are you worried lungwort will make him sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We know it can be scary when your dog eats something that may not be good for him.
In this article, we’ve put together some information on lungwort and whether or not it can make your dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is Lungwort?
Lungwort, also called pulmonaria, is a pretty perennial plant that grows in the garden. It’s a bushy plant that blooms about twice a year. This plant may also go by the following names:
- Coucou bleu
- Dage of Jerusalem
- Grande Pulmonaire
- Herbe Cardiaque
- Herbe au Lait de Notre-Dame
- Herbe aux Poumons
- Pulmonaire Officinale
- Pulmonaria Officinalis
- Pulmonariae Herba
- Sauge de Bethlehem
- Sauge de Jerusalem
This plant is pretty in the garden but has also been used to treat breathing conditions, stomach, and intestinal problems, as well as kidney and urinary tract problems. Lungwort is also sometimes used in cough medicines to relieve fluid retention and to treat lung issues like tuberculosis.
Can lungwort make your dog sick?
Lungwort & Dogs
According to the USDA, lungwort can have some toxic properties. These are caused by the phytochemicals in the plant, which include allantoin and pyrrolizidine alkaloids.
If your dog eats a lot of lungwort, he could become poisoned. However, we couldn’t find any definitive information on how much of the plant is toxic for dogs.
Symptoms of Lungwort Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog eats lungwort:
If your dog has eaten only a small amount of lungwort, he will probably be OK. However, he may experience some digestive issues. If the vomiting and diarrhea last longer than 24 hours, then it’s best to call the vet. You want to avoid your dog becoming dehydrated. Also, call the vet if your dog develops any other symptoms that are concerning.
If your dog has eaten large amounts of lungwort, we do recommend calling the vet. They will have better knowledge of how this plant could affect your dog. Be sure to follow your vet’s advice closely.
And as always, if you’re worried or concerned about your dog eating lungwort, then go ahead and call the vet. It’s better to err on the side of caution. Your vet will have the best advice on what to do next if your dog needs any type of treatment.