Sometimes people don’t realize their houseplants or gardens could cause problems for animal house guests. Or perhaps a floral gift arrives that your pet might have a problem with. Here is a list of common plants that your dog or cat needs to avoid.
1. Aloe Vera. Great for burns but toxic to both dogs and cats.
2. Amaryllis. A very popular holiday plant but once again, very toxic to animals. Especially the bulbs.
3. Azalea/Rhododendrons. Pretty and a garden staple in many areas, but can cause serious respiratory and digestive problems not only for cats and dogs, but also horses, goats and sheep.
4. Baby’s Breath. Used as a filler in many bouquets, can cause major digestive problems.
5. Begonias. The tubers can be very dangerous to animals’ digestive systems.
6. Carnations. Not as bad as some others but will cause digestive upset.
7. Castor Beans. A popular landscaping plant in many parks and public areas. In severe cases, it can lead to tremors, seizures and eventually death for dogs.
8. Chrysanthemums. A lovely holiday plant and the scent should repel animals, but will cause severe itching and dehydration.
9. Cyclamen. Pretty in gardens and inside in pots. Highly toxic roots that lead to digestive problems.
10. Daffodils. The bulbs are very toxic and can lead to respiratory failure if ingested.
11. Gladiola. Probably not going to be a major problem, but the corms are the most toxic.
12. Hosta. An outdoor leafy ground cover that isn’t usually on the dog or cat salad menu, but can cause lethargy in animals if eaten.
13. Ivy. Again, dogs and cats don’t usually eat ivy, but if they have a taste for it, they could experience abdominal pain and other digestive issues.
14. Lilies. Lovely and fragrant and deadly to kitties. Dogs do not seem to be affected but they cause kidney failure for cats.
15. Milkweed. If you grow this for monarch butterflies, great! Very harmful to dogs and cats. It affects both the digestive and respiratory systems, and can cause fatalities.
16. Morning Glory. Agitation, tremors, hallucinations. Who knew!
17. Oleander. We know that oleander is pretty, and poisonous to humans, but extremely so to cats and dogs. Seriously affects the respiratory system and can cause cardiac failure.
18. Poinsettia. We have all been told how dangerous it can be to animals, but in reality, not quite that serious. It can, however, lead to mouth and stomach irritation. Rarely fatal.
19. Pothos. One of the most popular houseplants, and animals are probably going to try it once. They shouldn’t because it usually causes severe mouth irritation, and difficulty swallowing.
20. Sago Palms. Temperate climates have a lot of these in landscaping and are apparently very tasty to animals. Sadly, they are very toxic to animals, especially the seeds. Ingesting this plant in all likelihood will lead to liver failure and death.
21. Tomato Plant. Another ‘who knew’. They probably won’t be lethal if your cat or dog nibbles the leaves but can cause digestive issues and slow heart rate.
22. Tulip/Narcissus. The bulbs are highly toxic, so if you are forcing them in the winter, make sure they are out of reach of your pets. They affect the central nervous system and can lead to cardiac issues.

23. Yew. Its not going to be an inside plant, but it is a popular evergreen that is the basis for a cancer-treating drugs. But ingestion by animals will usually lead to death.

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