Pet-safe Blooms For Your Home
Flowers and potted plants are a great addition to your home, bringing a burst of colour and life to even the dreariest of rooms. Unfortunately, not all plant life is safe for pets and - given the inquisitive nature of our furry friends - an uninformed choice can result in upset stomachs and costly trips to the vet. Keep your pets happy and healthy by following these tips on which plants to avoid and which ones to try instead.
A note on cats and dogs
Before we get into the nitty gritty details, it’s worth mentioning that cats are generally more sensitive to plant toxicity than dogs and, as such, usually have more serious (sometimes fatal) reactions. Lilies are the worst offenders for your feline friends, with Japanese and Tiger lilies causing the most severe reactions, while the most dangerous varieties for dogs are those grown from a bulb, such as tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths.
Regardless of the kind of pet you have, keeping flowers out of munching and sniffing vicinity is always a good idea, as is taking your four-legged friend straight to the vet at the first sign of illness. Common symptoms of plant-triggered illness include excessive drooling, vomiting, listlessness, tremors, pawing at the mouth, and difficulty breathing.
If you catch your pet ingesting one of the particularly toxic blooms mentioned above, don’t wait to see if symptoms develop: take them in straight away for early intervention.
Plants to avoid
The following plants - in potted or cut form - are best avoided in pet-friendly homes:
- Japanese pieris
- Aloe vera
- Baby’s breath
- Sago palms
- Asparagus ferns
- Lily of the valley
- Autumn crocus
- Morning glory
If you find yourself with a bunch of flowers containing something from the list of toxic varieties listed above, your best bet is to remove them from the house, perhaps gifting them to a lucky friend or neighbour. If your four-legged friend is a dog, particularly an older one, it might be safe to keep the flowers up out of their reach; an option you don’t have with crafty cats.
Plants to try
Try one of these gorgeous flowering plants in place of those listed above. If you want a hit of inspiration on how to place or style them, check out our Floraboard on Pinterest.
- African violets
- Cornflowers (or bachelor's buttons)
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but a great starting point when you’re choosing your next bunch or picking your next potted variety. If in doubt, ask your florist or nursery whether your choice poses a threat to Fido or Moggie.
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