7 Important Facts About Plants That are Poisonous to Pets
Pets are extensions of our family, and of course we want to ensure that they’re treated with the best love and care possible. But many pet owners are unaware that some plants, including everyday household plants, can pose a danger to our animal friends.
To learn more about some of the more common plants to be aware of, read on.
Great for humans, not for dogs…
Aloe vera might be a wonder-plant for humans, packed with antioxidant properties. Unfortunately, this doesn’t translate the same into the dog world. Aloe is considered a poisonous plant for dogs when eaten and has been known to disrupt their fragile digestive systems.
Lillies don’t always come in peace
Bright, beautiful and with a powerful scent, lilies are a popular plant that many people have in their homes. Unknowingly though, these can pose a real danger to cats, so much so that there’s even a campaign to educate owners. Some types of lillies, notably; Calla, Peace and Peruvian varieties include oxalate crystals that can irritate your cat’s mouth, which can materialize in drooling. However, others including; Asiatic, Day, Easter, Tiger and Japanese Snow lillies can be potentially fatal to felines with high toxicity levels for them.
Keep away from cacti
With their distinctive prickly appearance and thorny spikes, it seems obvious to keep a distance from cactus plants. This vast ranging category covers many different species with differing properties. However, as a rule of thumb, contact with cactic can play havoc with a pet of any kind; from hamsters to kittens. The toxicity inside may be tolerable for humans, but not always in our beloved pets. Therefore, it’s best to avoid keeping these plants in the home if possible.
The dark side of Amaryllis
Known for its fragrant smell and bright welcoming colour, amaryllis is a plant you’ll often come across in gardens and floral bouquets. But be warned; this plant is known to contain a toxin called ‘lycoronie’, which can in some circumstances, have a chronic effect on the health of dogs, cats, hamsters and horses. This can result in vomiting, depression, diarrhea, pain and even tremors in affected animals, among other symptoms to look out for.
Say no to Christmas ivy
Ivy is a beautiful plant, often associated with the holiday season. But, this pretty foliage can play havoc with your dog’s health, ranging from minor breathing difficulties, to more severe issues such as paralysis. As such, this is one plant to give a wide berth to, both inside and outside of the home.
Tulips can be toxic
They come in many colours and are known to brighten up rooms, but if you’re a cat, dog or horse owner, you may want to steer away from tulips. These flowers are part of the Liliaceae family and as such materialize as toxic to some pets, especially if the potent bulb is ingested. Side effects include; hypersalivation, vomiting, depression and diarrhea.
Watch out at Easter
Known to many as an Easter plant, the bright yellow daffodil is known to have toxic properties with serious implications for dogs, cats and horses. From vomiting to convulsions and low blood pressure to cardiac arrhythmias, these plants are best avoided. As with most plants in the Amaryllidaceae family, bulbs present the largest threat with the most concentrated level of poison.
If you are concerned that your pet may have come in to contact with a poisonous plant, you can contact the Animal Poison Control Center on (888) 426-4435. Alternatively, visit a qualified veterinarian as soon as possible with any sample of the plant for them to cross check.