If you are the proud owner of a new dog or puppy and are looking to spruce up your garden, all flowers and plants in your garden must be harmless.

While it’s hard to stop your dog from eating anything non-edible, you don’t want them getting sick from the flowers that you plant in your garden. So let’s find out if roses are poisonous to dogs.

Roses are non-toxic to dogs, and you can safely have them planted in your garden or a vase indoors. The only time they have a potential danger is when a dog eats them whole and digests the thorns, which can cause intestinal blockages in some instances. If the petals fall off and your dog eats them, there isn’t any cause for concern for healthy dogs.

Thorn Prickles

Thorn prickles serve as hooks for the rose to cling onto other plants while also protecting them from predators. However, prickles are sharp and hard to digest; this is why they are a potential hazard to a dog.

Close up image of a roses stem showing the prickles

Rose Thorn and Prickles

Why do dogs eat roses?

Dog’s mainly eat plants and flowers, including roses, because they are young and don’t know much better. It could be that your dog is bored and looking for things to pass the time. Although roses are non-toxic to dogs, the prickles can have a health impact on their digestive system and cause blockages. Depending on your dog’s personality, you will need to ask yourself, is he or she an excessive chewer or maybe too young to understand the dangers.


  • Get rid of intestinal parasites
  • Dietary deficiency
  • Enjoys the taste
  • Too young to understand the dangers
  • Boredom

Are roses suitable for my dog?

Roses are not poisonous to dogs, but they can still affect a dog’s stomach if overeaten. You should judge your dog’s personality and understand whether or not he or she will be an excessive rose chewer before deciding what pet-friendly plants you want in the garden. If you have had your dog for some time now, you should know if they will or not chew roses. If you have a young puppy, then it is more than likely they will chew your roses. Therefore, it would be best to wait until they are one year old before planting any roses.

Is it safe to have a vase of roses with dogs in the house?

Pink and white roses, in a vase on the window ledge
Beautiful Roses

Roses are non-toxic to dogs, and you can safely have a vase of cut roses inside the house. Be sure they are out of reach of your dog, as the prickles can cause digestive blockages. If the petals fall off and your dog eats them, there isn’t any cause for concern for healthy dogs. The prickles are less likely to fall off and, if they do, prickles usually end up inside the vase. Remember when the roses are dying off, be sure to depose of them straightaway.

Tip: remove the prickles before arranging them into the vase

Can you put roses in hanging baskets?

Roses are best in the ground, and this is because they don’t work well in hanging baskets as their roots go deep into the soil. A rose plant won’t get enough nutrients from a shallow pot of soil like one would find inside a basket or container.

The Rose plant

The rose plant is of the genus Rosa. Which is in the family Rosaceae, can be an excellent addition to any garden. These plants are low maintenance and come in different colours, shapes, scents, types and sizes!


The rose plant grows in a variety of colours and has many meanings. Such as the blue rose means falling in love. The red rose means I love you. Orange symbolises the feelings of excitement and enthusiasm

  • Bicolor Roses
  • Blue Roses
  • Green Roses
  • Orange Roses
  • Pink Roses
  • Purple Roses
  • Rainbow Roses
  • Red Roses
  • White Roses
  • Yellow Roses

Flower Head Shapes

  • Button-eye
  • Cupped
  • Flat
  • Pompon
  • Rosette
  • Rounded
  • Urn-shaped


Roses are considered by many to be the most beautiful flowers in the world. The sweet aroma is like a burst of happiness, and If you have smelt roses fragrance ever, you will know just how gorgeous they smell. There are seven different primary scents of a rose flower. 

  1. Apple
  2. Clove
  3. Lemon
  4. Nasturtium
  5. Orris
  6. Rose
  7. Violets


In the rose plant family, there are various plants such as bushes, climbers and ground covers. There are also hybrid creations like tea or wild rambler roses, which combine traits from their parents.


Climbing roses are the largest of the rose varieties because their stems act as vines and climb upward on supports. Standard garden variety flowers usually measure 36 inches, while patio flower bushes fall between 18 to 24 inches high.

Do roses come back every year?

Yes, the rose plant is a perennial plant, meaning the flower heads will come back every year. However, you will need to do a little maintenance to help them flower their best for the following year. 

Rose Maintenance To Grow Back

After the roses have bloomed, the petals are falling off, and the winter is coming. It’s time to trim back and maintain your roses ready for the following spring.

Give your roses a well-deserved rest over the winter period.

  • Cut off any soggy parts of the rose plant.
  • Saw away old stubs that have failed to produce new shoots. 
  • Remove all the rose blooms, dying or dead.
  • Remove any diseased foliage, black spot, mildew or rust.
  • Collect all the leaves, especially the infected ones, from the ground. You do this because these leaves can pass it onto the plant again.
  • When winter arrives, it’s important to shorten the bush roses’ stems in order for them not to be knocked out of place by gale-force winds. This will protect their roots from being loosened and damaged during these harsh conditions.
  • To keep your roses looking their best, be sure to cut the stems just above an outward-facing bud.


The rose plant itself is not toxic to dogs. However, be careful of the prickles found on the thorn stems; they are very sharp and can cause health problems for your dog. Depending on your dog’s personality will depend on whether you choose to plant roses or not in your garden. If in doubt, you can still enjoy a bunch of roses in a vase.

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