Norway spruce (Picea abies) is non-toxic to dogs, and is safe to keep as a Christmas tree or ornamental plant in the garden. However, precautions must be taken to keep dogs (and cats) safe.
Angel’s trumpet (Brugmansia spp.) is highly toxic to dogs. The toxic principles are tropane alkaloids including atropine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine. Tropane alkaloids are secondary metabolites mostly found in the Solanaceae family which have powerful powerful anticholinergic agents.
Hippeastrum is toxic to dogs, the toxic principles are phenanthridine alkaloids including lycorine and tazzetine which have emetic properties. Exposure to small amounts can cause nausea, vomiting, hypersalivation, and diarrhea while large ingestions may cause tremors, depression and cardiac arrhythmias.
Yes, both male and female dogs have a belly button. The belly button or umbilicus is a residual scar that is located just below the ribcage. Unlike humans, dogs don’t have an innie or an outie, instead, it is a small, circular scar. Almost all mammals have a belly button, with the exception of marsupials and monotremes.
Dogs can eat Thanksgiving turkey in moderation. Plain breast or thigh, with the skin and bones removed, is the healthiest way to feed turkey to a dog. Turkey is a great source of protein, is low in fat and is a rich source of vitamins B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine) and B12 (cobalamin) along with selenium, zinc, phosphorus and iron.
Balsam fir is non-toxic to dogs, however, it can cause mild dermatitis if it comes into contact with the skin.
Peace lily (Spathiphyllum) is toxic to dogs. The toxic principles are insoluble calcium oxalate crystals that penetrate the oral mucosa causing intense burning and pain and an irritant sap.
Dogs do have armpits. The armpits are located at the top of the forelegs where they meet the thorax. Unlike humans, dogs don’t have a hollowed-out armpit (fossa) and there are no sweat glands. Canine armpits contain lymph nodes known as axillary lymph nodes as well as the axillary artery and vein.
Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) is highly toxic to dogs, the toxic principles are cardiac glycosides, (primarily convallarin and convallamarin) and saponins. Cardiac glycosides plant steroids that affect the heart, and saponins are steroid or triterpene glycosides that cause gastrointestinal upset. All parts of lily of the valley including the leaves, flowers, berries, stems and bulbs are toxic.
Most, but not all canine deaths are the result of terminal diseases that typically occurs in two stages, early (pre-active dying) and active dying. Pre-active dying can last for weeks or months while active dying is the final irreversible stage, and will die within days.