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Pet Friendly Flowers & Plants

To Keep Your Pets Safe

We all want to enjoy the loveliness of a fresh bunch of flowers or stunning plant. And, when it comes to our cats and dogs, we know it can be hard to stop them from being inquisitive creatures. So, it’s important to know that some flowers and plants can be harmful to our furry little friends. But, not to worry! We’ve got a list of pet friendly flowers and plants that can be enjoyed by everyone.

1. Roses

Roses are such a great all round flower. They look beautiful in every type of arrangement and are a symbol for friendship and love alike. Being such a versatile flower, you’ll be pleased to know, they are also safe for cats & dogs. So, even if they do like to take a nibble out of the petals, they won’t be harmed by this beauty.

2. Orchids

As a popular houseplant, orchids make a great addition to any space. They’re also fairly easy to look after and when they bloom, they look mesmerising. And, of course, they aren’t harmful to your pets. So, if you want to send someone a lovely plant gift who has a cat or dog, go with a lovely phalaenopsis orchid.

3. Gerbera Daisy

This one is a popular one for bouquets and looks great as a pairing with roses. Sporting a gorgeous range of colours, all pet-parents out there can enjoy this beauty guilt-free. It’s probably still a good idea to keep them out of reach of your furry little friends but it won’t harm them if they do happen to stumble upon it.

4. Sunflowers

This stunning summer flower makes the perfect addition to any garden or as a lovely bunch displayed in a vase. Being the symbol of summer, it’s no wonder they are such a popular flower. Unlike some of the other flowers on this list, Sunflowers can actually be helpful if ingested, their leaves and petals can be used to help with phlegm and coughing. Plus, their seeds make a tasty snack and are full of yummy vitamins and minerals, good for both humans and animals.

5. Aster

For the budding gardeners out there, this is a beautiful flower to add to your collection. These pet-friendly flowers come in a variety of gorgeous colours including pink, blue and white. Plus, they are great to have in your garden as they attract both butterflies and bees. So, this is a great choice for the animal and nature lovers out there.

6. Alstroemeria

Aka the Peruvian Lily. Another one that looks lovely in a bouquet, alstroemeria make great additions to any bunch. Like Gerberas, Alstroemeria pairs well with roses for a vibrant display of blooms. They also look great on their own and are available in beautiful hues of red, yellow, pink and more. You can’t go wrong with these pet friendly flowers.

7. Ferns

If the person you are looking to buy for is more of a plant lover, then there are a couple of varieties that you can get your hands on. Ferns, like the boston fern, are great house plants that are not toxic to cats or dogs. Big or small, these easy to look after plants will look great in any room of the house for a little splash of green.

8. Spider Plant

It’s another popular house plant but this one is great for those who struggle to look after plants in general. This hard-to-kill variety is great for small spaces and needs very little watering to stay alive. So, if you know a pet-guardian who struggles when it comes to other forms of nature, this is a great choice.

An Important Note About Lilies & Pets

Lilies, as beautiful as they are, are extremely harmful to cats and certain varieties are dangerous for dogs too. Keep this in mind if you are wanting to buy a bouquet of lilies for a loved one with a pet. Although some types of lilies won’t be too harmful for your dog, the safest bet is to steer clear entirely.

What plants are poisonous to cats?

As we mentioned, Lilies are the most dangerous type but there are many other flowers that can be harmful for your pet. The list below includes flowers and plants that you should keep away from your cat:

  • Amaryllis
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Azaleas and Rhododendrons
  • Castor Bean
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cyclamen
  • English Ivy
  • Kalanchoe
  • Lilies
  • Marijuana
  • Oleander
  • Peace Lily
  • Pothos
  • Sago Palm
  • Spanish thyme
  • Yew

What plants are poisonous to dogs?

Dogs, especially puppies, are naturally curious animals and love to chew things they probably shouldn’t. Budding gardeners should be especially careful when it comes to Daffodils. Here’s a list of other flowers and plants that can be harmful to your furry pup:

  • Autumn Crocus
  • Azaleas and Rhododendrons
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Castor Bean
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cyclamen
  • English Ivy
  • Kalanchoe
  • Lilies
  • Marijuana
  • Oleander
  • Peace Lily
  • Daffodil
  • Peony
  • Sago Palm
  • Tulip and Narcissus bulbs
  • Yew

For a full list of flowers and plants toxic to dogs visit the Dog's Trust website.

How can I tell if my pet has been poisoned?

Depending on the plant, the symptoms of poisoning may present themselves differently. However since many plants are irritants, especially for the digestive system the symptoms of poisoning are likely to affect the mouth, throat and stomach more than other areas.

If you suspect your pet may have been poisoned you should look for:

  1. Difficulty breathing (if the airways are affected)
  2. Drooling or difficulty swallowing (if the mouth, throat, or esophagus is affected)
  3. Vomiting (if the stomach or intestines are affected)
  4. Diarrhoea (if the intestines or colon are affected)
  5. Excessive drinking and urinating (if the kidneys are affected)
  6. Fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat (if the heart is affected)

While these symptoms may help guide you, they may not show immediately, and in some cases may not show at all. If you suspect - or know - your pet has ingested something toxic take immediate action and contact your vet or call the 24/7 Animal Poison Line on 01202 509000.

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