Warmer weather and a need to get out of the house, bring spring gardeners outside to add a bit of color to an otherwise winter-bland landscape. On Easter, Mother’s Day and special occasions, vibrant bouquets are traditionally given. But there is danger for your cat and dog lurking in those beautiful and colorful gifts.
Call Your Vet If You Think Your Pet Has Eaten Something Poisonous
First off, if you believe your pet has eaten a poisonous plant, fertilized soil or chemical, please call your veterinarian or emergency veterinarian. Since your vet knows your pet, it is always best to check in with them first so they can provide the best care for your pet’s specific needs. If you are not sure of the name of the plant or flower your pet chewed on, snap a picture or bring a sample of the plant with you for them to identify and provide the proper treatment.
Now I’m not a gardener by any means. My mom enjoyed gardening and found it relaxing. She and my dad could tell you a lot about plants - which plants were annuals and which should be planted in the shade. Not me. This is why I had to do some research on plants that would cause my cats and dogs health issues. I have consolidated a short list of what I found, but please do your own research. This list is only the tip of the iceberg. I am not a veterinarian, nor expert, just a loving pet parent.
Whether you are looking for landscape plants, garden veggies, or choosing to buy flowers for a special occasion, let’s look at some of them to avoid and some to embrace so Fluffy and Fido are safe and your beautiful gift will be enjoyed vs. tossed in the trash. Taking these extra few minutes when ordering your gift or designing your landscape will ensure pets are safe and give the owner (and you) peace.
Some Signs Your Pet May Have Eaten Something Toxic
Your pet may display some of the following signs if they ate something that disagrees with their stomach, but it can also mean they ate something toxic. Some plants are not toxic at all, some will cause only mild mouth irritation vomiting or diarrhea, while other plants are very toxic and can cause organ failure and even death.
Please note: this is not a complete list of signs.
Your own pet may have allergies or other health issues which only you and your veterinarian are aware. The signs below should alert you to take action and have your pet checked out.
If your cat or dog displays signs of
please contact your veterinarian for an evaluation and alert them if your pet could have eaten anything toxic. If you believe they ate a specific plant but are not sure of the name, snap a picture or bring a sample of the plant with you to your visit.
Some Popular Flowers That Are Toxic to Cats and Dogs
Bulbs, tubers, petals, pollen, stems and leaves from certain plants can cause your pet mild to severe abdominal pain, kidney, respiratory and/or heart failure. Here is a list of some popular plants, flowers and garden vegetables which are toxic to cats and dogs.
Flowers and House Plants Harmful to Pets
Azaleas (plants containing grayanotoxins)
Begonias (plants containing cardiac glycosides)
Laurels (plants containing grayanotoxins)
Marijuana (check with your vet about CBD oil)
Milkweed (used to attract butterflies)
Rhododendrons (plants containing grayanotoxins)
Some Popular Vegetable Garden Plants That Are Toxic to Cats and Dogs
Garden fresh tomatoes taste great on sandwiches or in salads, but they can be harmful to your pet. Check out these other garden vegetables which are a no-no for Fluffy and Fido.
Garden Veggies Toxic to Cats and Dogs
Apple tree branches, stems, leaves and seeds (contain cyanide)
Cherry tree branches, stems, leaves and pits (contain cyanide)
Tomato leaves and stems
Other Gardening Items That Are Toxic to Cats and Dogs
Yup. Some mulches contain coffee grounds which can lead to caffeine toxcity and some chemicals in fertilizers, herbicides, and insecticides are toxic, too. So if your pet likes to lay in or dig around the garden or flower bed, you may want to also check your soil additives for toxic chemicals.
Colorful flower arrangements and beautiful landscapes can be accomplished while keeping your pet safe from harmful toxic plants and fertilizers. Spending a few extra minutes digging around the web and pruning those plants which are toxic to cats and dogs, will give you a vibrant landscape, colorful table arrangement and peace.
The information contained on this blog is for informational and entertainment purposes only. It is not guaranteed to be accurate, as it is solely based on the author's experiences. The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of PBJ Pet Care Service or Pets Bring Joy animal rescue.