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How To Plant a Pet-Safe Garden

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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.

Non-Toxic Plants:

  • Alyssum
  • Aster
  • Gerber Daisy
  • Hibiscus
  • Orchid
  • Pansy
  • Petunia
  • Rose
  • Snapdragon
  • Sunflower
  • Zinnia

Toxic Plants:

  • Azalea
  • Begonia
  • Carnation
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Daffodils
  • Foxglove
  • Hyacinth
  • Lilies (including daylilies and lilies of the valley, highly toxic to cats)
  • Rhododendron
  • Sago Palm (highly toxic to dogs)
  • Tulip
  • Wisteria

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.


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