Stop! These Plants Could Poison Your Pet
See non-toxic, pet-safe alternatives to meet your home decor needs.
After the influx of pet adoptions and plant purchases of the past year, it’s more important than ever to be aware that new, beautiful houseplants could be toxic to cats and dogs. In fact, some of the most common houseplants contain naturally occurring chemicals that are highly poisonous for your fur babies.
Veterinary technicians at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals warn that ornamental bulbs, such as daffodils, lilies and autumn crocus are particularly toxic.
“Ornamental bulbs can be a problem for pets year-round, but in the fall, when gardeners tend to plant bulbs for spring blooming, the opportunities for exposure to large quantities of bulbs increase,” wrote Elizabeth Van Winkle of the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center. “Curious dogs may be tempted to get into a bag of unplanted bulbs or to dig up fresh plantings. Fertilizers such as bone or blood meal can also attract dogs to bulb gardens.”
For animals that ingest toxic plants, symptoms may include vomiting and diarrhea. In an emergency, you can call the society’s Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 or your local veterinarian.
In the meantime, the ASPCA has a complete list of all toxic plants for your pets, and recommends keeping your plants out of reach to keep Fido safe. Even better, educate yourself about what to bring home and what to avoid.
Here are 10 popular houseplants that are toxic, with non-toxic, pet-safe alternatives to meet your home decor needs.
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