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Poisonous Plants For Pets

If you are brand new to gardening, you might be tempted to plant everything you can in the backyard. The problem with this is that you might be planting flowers or plants that are dangerous for your beloved cats and dogs! Here are some poisonous plants for pets that you want to make sure you keep out of the yard – especially if you have curious animals at home.

Plants Dangerous To Pets

Aloe Vera

poisonous plants for puppies

It is great to grow aloe vera plants in your backyard since the plant can help provide you with natural medicine for burns, scrapes, and sunburn. However, pets that eat the aloe vera leaves might be at risk.

The plant is toxic to both cats and dogs, and might cause changes in their urine, anorexia, tremors, or diarrhea. You may also notice anxiety, depression, or vomiting in your pet if they ingested some of it. If you insist on having aloe vera, you will need to choose a location where your pets can’t access it.

Amaryllis and Poinsettia

poisonous plants for dogs symptoms

Amaryllis

These are both plants that are often grown in pots during the holidays. However, if you want to grow them, you might want to grow them in containers for the patio or other confined spaces.

Amaryllis is an ornamental plant that is toxic to dogs and cats. The bulbs are the most toxic part of the plant. It can cause many of the same symptoms as aloe vera, in addition to hyper-salivation and abdominal pain.

Poinsettia is not fatal to your pets, but it can make them feel ill if they eat the leaves of the plant. You will notice symptoms like mild vomiting, stomach upset, or irritation of the mouth.

Tomato Plants

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Most vegetable plants are okay to have around dogs, but they can’t tolerate tomatoes. This is one of the fruits that you should not give to dogs as a treat, so it makes sense that you need to be careful about the plants as well. If your dog eats a tomato from your garden, they might experience stomach upset and diarrhea or vomiting, behavioral changes, weakness, or drowsiness. Slow heart rate and dilated pupils are some other symptoms to look out for.

Carnations

toxic plants for pets

I know! I know! Carnations are fun to have in the garden and easy to grow, but they are not good for your pets. On the bright side, it only causes mild discomfort, such as dermatitis or gastrointestinal issues. However, if you have a dog that already has allergies or skin conditions, it can exacerbate their symptoms. It is best to keep this flower away from areas of your garden where dogs and cats can get to it.

This list of poisonous plants for pets will help you keep an extra eye on your pets. We want our fur babies to stay safe and healthy, yes???

Resources

List of poisonous plants for dogs. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/dogs-plant-list
List of poisonous plants for cats. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/cats-plant-list

Plants poisonous to dogs and cats in pictures