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Hydrangea and dogs

Hi all, I purchased a hydrangea approx 2 weeks ago. It doesn't have any flowers yet just a lot of greenery.

My dog seems to have taken a liking to it, I'm not sure if this is a bad thing as I have caught him quite a few times rubbing his face around it but he has never been interested in any plants before. I have googled to see if it could be toxic in any way but this should only be if any parts are eaten which he hasn't done.

I just wondered if anyone has had any similar experience? Or possibly a cat has been by and sprayed it as the neighbours cats do tend to wander in and out of the garden. I just thought I would ask as I would like to buy some more. 

Thank you


  • Dogs have strange habits and it may be as you say, he could sniffing cat pee or something else of interest or just likes the smell, who knows?!

    If there are any signs of it being eaten by him, it would be best to relocate the Hydrangea. They are mildly poisonous but eaten in sufficient quantities, could be harmful - or worse.

    One of my dogs for much of the past, has had a diet of meat and veg, which he much prefers to dog food and biscuits, and has been found eating Fuschia berries and Crocosmia corms. Fuschia berries are allegedly edible but the corms incident was alarming but no ill-effects occurred... thankfully. Crocosmia relocated.

    You're rightly concerned and they generally have an inherent instinct as to what is good or bad to eat, and your concern is admirable image

  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 7,079

    What sort of dog is he? Not a sight hound?

    Gardening on the edge of Exmoor, in Devon

    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • Hi thanks for the reply, no he hasn't eaten any but I have moved it out of the way just in case and he is a Jack Russell.

  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 7,079

    Is he trancing? If you google it you can see a few examples. JRTs do trance sometimes, as do greyhounds and a few other breeds. No one is quite sure why, as far as I can tell. It does usually involve a plant though

    Gardening on the edge of Exmoor, in Devon

    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • Wow I checked trancing, how strange! After watching some videos he definitely isn't trancing, I do think it is a cat now though as I have seen one hanging around the area I used to have the hydrangea in. Thank you for the replies.

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