Four Poisonous Plants to Watch Out for Your Dogs and Cats
Spring is creeping up on us fast, and the dog days of summer will be upon us in no time! Our dogs and cats will soon enjoy their time in the sun. We can enjoy more time outdoors with our pets as the weather gets warmer. But remember, April showers bring May flowers, and we must be aware of potentially toxic plants to look out for. As we go outdoors for walks and play and expand our indoor plant collection, you must be mindful of what you’re exposing your pet to. The threat of a poisonous plants can be either outdoors or indoors. Here are four poisonous plants to watch out for your dogs and cats.
Daffodils are beautiful yellow flowers. They are common to see outside during the summertime and have an amiable appearance, but don’t be fooled. Daffodils are anything but safe for dogs and cats. These flowers contain an alkaloid called lycorine, which is very dangerous for pets to consume. The bulb of the flower is the most dangerous part of the flower. If ingested, the plant’s petals can cause drooling, severe vomiting, and diarrhea, which can be fatal.
These plants, also called Dumb Cane, are prevalent in households and offices. They add some lovely greenery to an indoor setting. But, as harmless as they look, you’ll want to remove them if you have some in your home. If eaten by dogs and cats, it can cause irritation and burning sensations in their mouth, nausea, and difficulty swallowing. This will cause unnecessary pain and is not worth the risk. Instead, opt for an artificial option for the decor and none of the danger.
As delicate as they look, lilies are one of the most dangerous plants for cats. Reactions from lilies can be challenging to look out for since some have different effects than others. Some will only cause minor irritation, like Peruvian and Calla Lillies, other lilies, like Tiger, Easter, and Japanese Snow Lilies, can have devastating effects. Only a few bites of the more dangerous ones can cause severe liver failure. Make sure you are familiar with the different varieties, but it’s a good idea to avoid Lilies altogether to be safe.
Tulips are another common flower to watch out for that are very popular in the Spring. They contain allergenic lactones, which can have similar effects as the alkaloids mentioned earlier for Daffodils. Like Daffodils, most poisonous material is located in the bulb and can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Be sure to take your dog or cat to the vet immediately if you suspect they’ve eaten these plants.
These are only four poisonous plants to watch out for your dogs and cats. Many more plants can pose harm to your pets. Being aware of these different plants and planning your hikes and indoor decor accordingly can assure you and your pet more peace of mind as you enjoy the rest of the summer! For more information, ask your vet or refer to organizations like the ASPCA if you are unsure about a plant.