It’s the season to start gardening – but for those of us with cats and dogs, sometimes beautiful flowers can hide a deadly danger. Whether you’re looking to exclusively grow a pet-safe garden or want to ensure any toxic plants are kept out of reach, researching your flower choices is the easiest way to ensure you can cultivate a garden that’s both beautiful and safe.
If you suspect your pet has consumed a toxic plant, contact ASPCA poison control immediately at (888) 426-4435.
- Gerber Daisy
- Lilies (including daylilies and lilies of the valley, highly toxic to cats)
- Sago Palm (highly toxic to dogs)
Because there are many species of plant that are toxic to cats and dogs, symptoms are also wide-ranging and can vary from minor nausea to acute liver and kidney failure. Keeping yourself informed of what plants your pet has access to - and the warning signs to look out for - can help ensure that in the event your pet does consume something toxic, they can receive quick and effective treatment.
For a larger list of safe and toxic plants, or to look up a specific type of plant, please visit the ASPCA Poisonous Plant Directory.