(I'm talking about the entire clump against the fence behind the dog, can click to enlarge)
I left the country about 3 weeks ago so I'm actually not at my California home right now. But my boyfriend called just moments ago, in the late night for him, saying that the dog had vomited up bile a couple times in the day, had diarrhea, and was acting sluggish on a walk (though alert). He said he couldn't think of ANYTHING the dog could have eaten in the house, so my first thought was, "Okay, have there been any new plants in the backyard?" since we're still figuring out the annual botanical cycle at this house. Those delphinium-like things were the first thing I thought of, even though I haven't been home for weeks. There were no flower stalks at the time I left, but obviously they could have sprung up since then. It's nighttime right now so my boyfriend says he has no idea what they're like back there. Only now when I was googling delphiniums did I learn that they're poisonous to dogs, so now I'm very worried -- I've never seen the dog chew any plants, but he does like to nap along that side, occasionally gnawing lazily at tall grasses, so it's possible that he ate something bad. If not that particular plant, maybe it's something else. Maybe the dog could just have an upset stomach (as the emergency vet suggested when my boyfriend called them before calling me). Anyway I'm asking him to take the dog to the vet in the morning (it's the middle of the night there, he doesn't drive and the closest vets that I know of are about 2 miles away). But if they're really delphiniums, I'd like to know. Sorry of this sounds like nothing, but I'm a bit anxious since I'm on the other side of the world. Help.