The M-Z of less than pet friendly plants.
Last week I gave you a list of plants that are toxic to our animals in varying degrees – many are very popular plants and many you will have in your gardens. Some are indoor plants and some are given in bouquets of flowers. I would suggest if you know someone has a pet that you check wth florists on what they will put in any bouquets you may wish to give. Lillies are very popular for bouquets, give a gorgeous aroma and look stunning but can be lethal, especially to cats.
Now my cats aren’t particularly interested in plants at all so i don’t stress too much but if i get ever get a bouquet of flowers (beyond rare sadly) or a new plant, I will investigate before having it in the house. In case of lillies, tulips or daffodils, i would just leave them at work to be safe.
Here is part two – some of them are dangerous, some not as dangerous but can cause unpleasant irritations or side effects. If you see your pet chewing on a plant that maybe they shouldn’t be doing, quickly race it to the vets and if possible take a sample of the plant with you, especially if you are not sure what it is. The sooner the treatment, the less likely permanent damage can be done.
Madagascar Dragon – this one is toxic to both cats and dogs with some mild to moderate symptoms including vomiting, drooling, inappetence, depression and lack of coordination.
Mother in Laws Tongue – toxic to both the cats and the dogs but generally has just mild symptoms of Nausea, vomiting and diahorrhea.
Oleander – aka Day Lilies.
Found anywhere in Australia and is dangerous to both animals and humans. Symptoms range from mild to severe and can directly affect their heart that can then affect treatment they can receive.
Symptoms include vomiting, diahorrhea, abdominal pain, and drowsiness
Ornamental Pepper Plant – I wouldn’t think this would be that tasty but I suspect mainly dogs would be affected as they are less fussy than cats and eat more things they probably shouldn’t as a general rule. Strong reactions can occur on ingestion including gastro-intestinal issues and seizures.
Poinsettia – gorgeous plant but another that looks great but can cause issues with our beloved pets. Although not generally going to kill the animal, symptoms are unpleasant to suffer for your baby but also unpleasant to watch them in distress. Stomach and mouth irritations can occur.
Panda Plant – mild symptoms that can occur in both cats and dogs – main symptoms being vomiting and diahorrhea.
Philodendron – common and easy to grow plant that can cause unpleasant symptoms in your pet and can start immediately after ingestion. Foaming at the mouth, pawing their face, drooling, vomiting are all signs they may have been touching and eating this plant.
Poinciana – this one has a number of varieties including Bird of Paradise.
They contain levels of hydrogen cyanide that affect the pet’s oxygenation and can lead to serious illness and in severe cases, death.
Rubber Plant – symptoms mild but still quite distressing for your pet and yourself. Toxic to both cats and dogs, symptoms are vomiting and diahorrhea.
Sago Palm – this one doesn’t sound lethal but there are some serious repercussions to your pet taking this one in including hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, vomiting, bruising, liver damage or liver failure and sadly, death.
Song of India Plant – this one can cause moderate symptoms including vomiting, anorexia, hypersalivation and dilated pupils in cats.
Sweet Peas – sounds so innocent but has some awful symptoms including weakness, lethargy, tremors and seizures.
Tomato Plants – growing your own vegies is great and tomatoes are a very popular one however the green parts of the plant contain ingredients called glycoalkaloids that are toxic to cats and dogs if ingested.
Tulips – no tiptoeing through your tulip garden for your cats. Out in bloom in spring, some gorgeous colors make them attractive for gardeners but if you really HAVE to have them in your garden, and your cats are not confined indoors, please put a mesh netting around them to screen them from the moggies. The bulbs can cause serious symptoms and even death.
Wisteria – a flowering vine plant contain lectin and glycoside. As few as 3 seeds from a pod can cause gastrointestinal symptoms and over 5 can be fatal. Can affect children as well. Symptoms can range from nausea, dehydration to collapse and death.
Wandering Jew – This one is ok for cats but can cause irritation to skin and dermatitis that can see the dog biting, scratching and licking the affected spots. This can lead to secondary infections including staph.
So many popular and gorgeous plants can be really dangerous if our pets get to them. If you just have to have these plants please keep them out of reach or protected by netting if they are in the animal’s domain. Ideally teach your pet from the outset not to nibble on plants but it’s hard to stop completely and so I would rather not have the plants than to risk my gorgeous cats health/life. I am sure most people feel that way.
Saying that, there are some lovely plants that do not cause issues with our animals and I decided to add this to the blog to finish on a positive note.
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Roses African Violets Bromeliads
Orchids Marigolds Petunias
Impatiens Lavender Sunflowers