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  • Marcy Santos

Plants that are Poisonous to Your Cat or Dog

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

Spring is in the air and gardening season is underway. Given that many of us are trapped at home because of COVID-19, gardening is a fantastic way to get outside, enjoy the sun, and have some physical activity. However, if you are a gardener who also loves pets, keep in mind that some plants may be poisonous to your dogs and cats. Below are some plants to keep away from your four-legged furry friends.


Tulips and bulbs can cause gastrointestinal problems for animals.


Lilies are plants that are considered highly toxic to cats. Ingesting small doses can cause kidney damage.


Azaleas can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and in extreme cases even death if ingested by your pets.


If ingested, these plants can cause vomiting or diarrhea.


Ingestion of a marijuana plant can result in depression of the central nervous system, coordination problems, vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, increased heart rate, and even seizures and comas.


Both the leaves and flowers of this plant are toxic if ingested.


Ingestion can cause sever abdominal distress, vomiting, and diarrhea.

This list of poisonous plants is by no means an exhaustive list. You can visit the ASPCA website for an extensive list of all plants that are poisonous to your pets.

In addition, here are 3 ways that you can help keep your cat or dog safe from toxic plants.

1. Learn to identify any toxic plants in the area

Look through the list above and the one provided by the ASPCA and take note of any plants in your yard or surrounding area that may be dangerous for your animals. Particularly if you have a green thumb, research any plants you are considering planting before purchasing. Additionally, use a fence or other protective measure to ensure that your pets do not have easy access to your plants.

2. Create a first aid kit for your pet

Create and keep a pet first aid kit in your house. Items you can include are rubber gloves and tweezers, a thermometer, bandages and rubbing alcohol, and activated charcoal. The activated charcoal specifically can be used to address issues of ingesting poison, as it can be used to induce vomiting and prevent the absorption of poisonous substances. However, you should always contact your veterinarian before using activated charcoal to treat your pet.

3. Keep all emergency information close at hand

Last, but not least, you should make sure to keep all information regarding pet poisoning in a readily accessible location. The ASPCA has a poison control center hotline that is available 24 hours a day. Most importantly, always have your veterinarian’s number available in case of emergencies.

Now that it is spring, green thumbs are in action and plants are blooming around the neighborhood. If you practice the above safety tips, and identify any potentially poisonous plants, you should have a safe and worry free gardening season, and you and your pet can fully enjoy the weather and the plants safely.


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