Do you have a lot of plants around the house? If you do, you’re not alone! Plants bring a touch of nature indoors, making our homes more connected with nature. Plants can even help clean the air and improve air quality inside! But what happens if a dog drinks plant water? Can plant water make your dog sick?
Has your dog drunk plant water? Are you worried the plant water will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your fur baby drinks something like this.
We’ve put together some information about plant water and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is Plant Water?
Plant water is the water that leaks from the bottom of the plant’s pot. The water may gather into a saucer placed under the pot. The water in the saucer just sits there and eventually dries up. Can the water contain anything harmful?
Plant Water & Dogs
Plant water can be harmful to dogs. The problem is that the plant water can contain fertilizer, parasites, bacteria, and more that could make a dog sick.
For instance, do you sometimes give the plants fertilizer? If so, then the plant water may contain some of the fertilizer. If a dog drinks much of the water, it’s possible he could develop fertilizer poisoning.
In addition, potting soil or dirt contain any number of microbes, including bacteria and parasites. It’s possible some of these will also be present in the plant’s saucer water. The water may even contain fungi, mold, and more! No wonder dogs can get sick from drinking plant water!
Symptoms of Plant Water Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these and other symptoms if your dog ingests plant water:
- Abdominal pain & bloating
If your dog develops these or other concerning symptoms, then it’s a good idea to call the vet right away. Explain to the vet that your dog has drunk some plant water and about when this happened. Let the vet know about any chemicals used on the plants, including herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers.
It’s best to call the vet as soon as your dog shows symptoms. This is because waiting may allow the problem to get even worse. It is possible for a dog to die from this type of poisoning, though that is quite rare.
The good news is that most dogs, who receive prompt medical treatment, will make a full recovery.