AVOID THESE COMMON PLANTS THAT MAY BE TOXIC TO YOUR DOG OR CAT!

August 24th, 2021

Do you know which plants are poisonous to your dog, cat, or other pet? Keep your fuzzy
friends safe! Here is a list of the more common plants and flowers that may be dangerous for
your pet.

We all enjoy our flowering plants. However, pet owners need to be aware that some plants
are toxic if their animal has a hankering to eat them!

You may already know that daffodils cause stomach upsets or vomiting (or worse) if you pet
eats any parts of the plant. Many lilies are also considered extremely toxic; this can be more
of a danger because lilies are often brought inside as houseplants or holiday decorations.

But you may not know that foxglove and aloe vera are quite poisonous, too.
We’ve highlighted some of the most toxic plants below. However, there are more than 700
plants with toxic substances that are dangerous to dogs, cats, and other pets if ingested, so
always make sure that you know whether any new plants you bring home are toxic or not!

Which Plants are Poisonous to Dogs?
Dogs CANNOT eat:

  • Aloe vera
  • Angel’s trumpet
  • Autumn crocus
  • Azalea
  • Begonia (annual)
  • Bittersweet (vine)
  • Bleeding heart
  • Boston ivy (vine)
  • Boxwood (shrub)
  • Burning bush (shrub)
  • Calla lily
  • Castor bean
  • Chokecherry
  • Christmas rose/Lenten rose
  • Clematis (vine)
  • Daffodil
  • Daphne
  • Daylily
  • Easter lily
  • Elephant’s ear
  • English ivy (vine)
  • Foxglove
  • Holly
  • Hosta
  • Hyacinth
  • Iris
  • Jimsonweed
  • Lantana (annual/houseplant)
  • Lily (true lilies)
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Mistletoe
  • Monkshood
  • Morning glory (vine)
  • 3/8
  • Mountain laurel (shrub)
  • Mums
  • Nightshade, also called Belladonna
  • Oleander (tree)
  • Peace lily
  • Potatoes (leaves, shoots, sprouts)
  • Rhododendrons
  • Rose of Sharon (shrub)
  • Sago palm
  • Tiger lily
  • Tulip
  • Wisteria (vine)
  • Yarrow
  • Yew (bush)

What Plants are Poisonous to Cats?
Cats CANNOT eat:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Amaryllis
  • Asian Lily
  • 4/8
  • Asparagus Fern
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Azalea (Rhododendron)
  • Begonia
  • Bittersweet
  • Boxwood
  • Burning Bush
  • Calla Lily
  • Castor Bean
  • Christmas Rose/Lenten Rose
  • Common or cherry laurel
  • Carnations
  • Catnip (Many cats love catnip, but it can cause vomiting and diarrhea.)
  • Cyclamens
  • Daylily
  • Daffodil
  • Dumb cane (Dieffenbachia)
  • Easter Lily
  • Elephant’s ears (Caladium)
  • Forced indoor bulbs such as narcissus (Paper whites)
  • Foxglove
  • Geranium
  • Holly
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydrangeas
  • Larkspur
  • Lily (true lilies)
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Mistletoe
  • Mums
  • Oleander
  • Philodendron
  • Rubber plants
  • Sago Palm
  • Tiger Lily
  • True Ivy
  • Winter, or false Jerusalem, cherry
  • Yew (bush)

 

 

COMMON SIGNS OF TOXICITY

If you’re pet exhibits these signs, they may have eaten something poisonous. Call your vet or the ASPCA poison control center immediately. If possible, bring a sample of the plant and tell the vet staff how much your pet ingested. 

  • Excessive salivation
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Rapid Breathing
  • Racing or irregular pulse
  • Cold extremities

Vulnerability to plant toxicities does depend on pet species, amount digested, and the size of your pet.

 

PET POISON CONTROL CENTERS

Please note: This is NOT a complete list!! There are hundreds of more plants that could be harmful. 

You can find a full list and complete toxicity information on the website of a pet poison control center:

  • Pet Poison Helpline, 855-764-7661: Available 24 hours a day!
  • ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, 888-426-4435

 

Source: The Farmer's Almanac