Pets & Plant Safety

When it comes to your pets, you’ll do anything you can to keep them safe and happy – that includes stopping them from munching on things they shouldn’t. You probably know of foods you shouldn’t feed them, but have you thought about which plants they should stay away from?   

Though these plants vary in toxicity and severity of symptoms, avoid bringing them into and around your home to safeguard your furry family members from harm:

Plant

Toxic Elements

Aloe Vera

Entire plant

Azalea/Rhododendron

Leaves, flowers

Begonia

Tubers & roots

Castor Bean

Entire plant, but especially the beans

Chrysanthemum

Entire plant

Cyclamen

Roots

Daffodil

Bulbs

Elephant’s Ear

Entire plant

Holly

Berries

Iris

Leaves, roots

Ivy (all varieties)

Entire plants, berries especially

Lilly (all varieties)

Entire plants

Milkweed

Entire plant

Morning Glory

Seeds, roots

Oleander

Leaves

Poinsettia

Leaves, stem, flowers

Pothos

Leaves

Rhubarb

Leaves

Sago Palm

Entire plant, especially seeds

Tomato Plant

Leaves

Yew

Bark, leaves, seeds

It’s great to study up on these pet smarts, but accidents can happen even in the most careful environments. So, if you’ve got a furry friend, make sure you know these common symptoms of a poisoned pet so you can act quickly in the event of the unexpected:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Excessive drooling
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Collapse

If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, be sure to call your local vet or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 right away to get their health back on track.

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