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Old 12-05-2006, 05:35 PM   #1
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I've been giving some thought to growing my own hops. We live in a low-lying, warm area (read: swamp ) that grows just about anything really well. (Lord knows the kudzu and Virginia Creeper grow like they're on steriods!!)


But I read somewhere that they're pretty poisonous, especially to dogs. Any truth to this? That would be a large concern, as I've grown kinda fond of my 100# lab...

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Old 12-05-2006, 06:01 PM   #2
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I have a few rhizome and a few dogs. No problems yet.

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Old 12-05-2006, 06:06 PM   #3
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They are poisonous to dogs. In fact, when I got my dog from the SPCA in January, they gave me a piece of paper that listed things that you might not think about that are poisonous to pets. Hops were listed under the "dog" section on that handout.

I've got a hyper boxer to be concerned about, so I'm going to plant my hops with a small fence around them to keep the hound out.

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Good job I have my raspberries in front of them and they grow up my trees.
I have to climb the the trees to get the hops. (next week)

Thanks for the info though. I'll make sure the dogs don't eat the hops or drink the beer. Only fair they won't let me eat their food.

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Old 12-06-2006, 03:37 AM   #5
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I have a dog and I grow hops, the dog seems to stay away from them....so I wouldn't worry but it might just depend on the dog.

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I think it is only certain breeds that are really susceptible to being harmed though. I know I've read hops are greyhound killers for sure.

My dogs won't have anything to do with the hops, so I'm confident enough to have them around without the bastiges eating them.

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Hops need well drained soil, so you'll probably need to make mounds for them. Also, stick to the most mildew resistant versions. http://www.freshops.com/usda_hop_desc2.html

Neither of my greyhounds have show any interest in hops, although Cougar likes beer & Katiebell likes red wine.

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What is it in the hop plant that can kill them that is not in beer? I ask because Professor Flash (my lab spaniel mix) can drink a couple beers and be as happy as ever.

granted they are BMC beers.

If i am out grilling and set my beer on a table edge or someplace he can reach he will knock it over onto the ground and enjoy the sweet sweet nectar, and then stare at me until i either go inside or give him more.

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