Flowers to keep away from your pets

Flowers to keep away from your pets

Cats and dogs are known for sometimes eating things they shouldn’t. Normally there’s no harm done. Unfortunately, there are exceptions, as in the case of no chocolate for dogs or cats. But, it’s easy enough to just not have any in the house, of if you do have a sweet tooth, just be careful you don’t leave any lying around.

But one poisonous snack that can be harder to police are flowers. It’s obviously easy enough to make sure you don’t have any poisonous ones in the house, but once you take your pet outside it’s another story. Especially if they like to roam.

Luckily, forewarned is forearmed and by knowing which flowers are bad for your pet you can make sure there are none growing in your garden as well as keep a watchful eye out when you take your dog for a walk.

Also, if your pet is prone to eating flowers, there is a school of thought that in the case of your dog, adding bran flakes to their food or changing to a diet higher in vegetable fats can help stop them from munching on your favourite flora.

But, if you are out and about and you think your pet might have eaten something they shouldn’t, don’t delay in taking them to your vet. Symptoms to look out for include vomiting, diarrhoea, difficulty in breathing, abnormal urine, salivation and weakness.

We’ve compiled a list of 10 poisonous plants you should be aware of. This list is by no means complete, so if you’re unsure of any plant or flower, always err on the side of caution.

1. Aloe vera
Known for its therapeutic qualities. But not so healthy for your dog or cat. If you can’t part with your plant, make sure it’s out of harm’s way as digested it can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhoea, anorexia, tremors and changes in urine.

2. English ivy
This popular plant might be a gardener’s choice for landscaping or as a houseplant, but if your pet eats it can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, pain and excess salivation.

3. Foxglove
Your often see foxgloves in gardens as well in woodland, but these tall colourful plants hold hidden dangers and if eaten can cause cardiac and gastrointestinal problems

4. Hydrangeas
A popular choice in many gardens up and down the country, these bright and colourful flowers can lead to a range of problems if eaten such as oral irritation, gastrointestinal distress and depression.

5. Peace lily
This stunning houseplant unfortunately can lead to your home being anything but peaceful if your dog or cat eats it. In fact, it could have your house in uproar as it can cause serious oral problems as well as vomiting.

6. Daffodils and tulips
You see them everywhere in the spring as they announce the end of winter. Unfortunately, their bulbs are toxic and can cause a range of problems such as drooling, convulsions and cardiac problems.

7. Chrysanthemums
This colourful plant is a popular choice with gardeners as the pyrethrins may help ward off pests. But, they are not good news for pets as they can cause gastrointestinal problems.

8. Azaleas
Azaleas as well as other species of rhododendron add vibrant springtime colour to your garden. They can also cause vomiting, diarrhoea and general weakness. If your pet eats enough of them, sadly even death.

9. Autumn crocus
They look stunning, but behind the beauty lies a real danger for pets. If your cat or dog takes a bit too much of a like to them it can lead to vomiting, diarrhoea and even organ damage

10. Poppy
This bright red flower often seen growing wild is toxic if eaten and can cause a range of problems depending of much has been eaten. These can include trembling, weakness, depression, slowed heart rate and even death.