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Pet Poison Alert! 199 Poison Pet Plants & What to Do

by | Mar 2, 2022 | Cat Behavior & Care, Dog Training & Care | 6 comments

This month, we celebrate Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month. Here in Texas, many folks spend this time of year preparing for spring gardens. Two years ago, we dug out old roses (many infected with rose rosetta disease, arg!), and continue to plant new ones, along with other perennials. My jonquils, and other bulb plants now poke shy heads above the mulch, ready for a burst of color.

Shadow-Pup helped! And Karma-Kat will enjoy any cut flowers I bring in later. That’s why I’m so careful about exactly what we plant, and the kinds brought inside for our own and pet enjoyment. I had some lovely patio container plants last fall, and wanted to bring them inside for the winter. Unfortunately, I couldn’t risk plants toxic to pets.

Flowers are gorgeous, and dogs may enjoy them, too–as long as they’re non-toxic!

Poison pet plants can kill cats and dogs any time of year, but spring can be particularly dangerous when new plants pose dangers. While dogs munch, cats more often play and claw plants, and ingest poison when they clean themselves. Check out this post for more about top pet toxins.

That’s why at my house, we love roses, which are edible. Of course, the thorns can be a hazard. 🙂  And if you have neighborhood cats, use these tips to shoo cats away from gardens.

This is a great idea for all public gardens, and perhaps your own. Dogs often enjoy digging in gardens, a problem even if plants are safe.

Poison Pet Plants & What to Do

I received an email from ProFlowers.com a couple of years ago with this great infographic to share. Refer to this helpful poison chart (below) to avoid toxic plants all year long.

Of course, my advice is to keep toxic plants out of the house entirely when you have pets (or toddlers!) eager to taste-test everything. Accidents do happen, though, so this is a handy guide to bookmark (and share!) with other pet parents.

Meanwhile, why not keep an emergency kit on hand? My go-to is the First-Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats not only for poisons but for everything from torn nails to (gasp!) gunshots or snakebite. It’s a good time to “gift” the pet people in your life, too…although my wish for you and your pets is that you’ll NEVER need the emergency advice!

Have your pets ever “snacked” on something toxic? Do tell! What happened? what did you do…and what would you advise others based on your experience?

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6 Comments

  1. De Hufford

    Great info! Thank you for the post!

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    • Amy Shojai

      Hope it helps! I appreciate the comment. 😄

      Reply
  2. Wayne Borean aka The Mad Hatter

    Our problem is chocolate. All the humans like it, and Rosie, our older beagle mix thinks it is fantastic. We have to watch her. And ourselves, to make sure she doesn’t get her fangs on it!

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    • Amy Shojai

      Oh yes, the choc-aholics. Same issue at our house. Magic sits and stares and DROOLS anytime we have chocolate!

      Reply
  3. Karyl

    Thankfully none our our kiddos has ever had a run-in with toxic plants. We had to keep some plants out of the house for some of my childhood cats, but thus far none of my babies I’ve had in adulthood have been plant eaters (aside from Simba eating cat grass once she knew she was allowed).

    Definitely glad to have your first aid book around just in case, though.

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    • Amy Shojai

      Thanks Karyl, it’s one of my favorite books and I’ve had to refer to it myself time after time. Magic used to be sort of a kutz. *s*

      Reply

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