During the spring and summer months, all sorts of plant life and foliage are in bloom. Sometimes these new ‘pop ups’ in the yard can really attract the attention of our pets. Some plants are highly toxic to dogs and cats, and should be kept out of the house and yard of any pet owner to avoid an accidental poisoning.
Puppies and kittens especially rely on their mouths’ to explore the world. One bite of the wrong plant can bring on a whole host of health concerns. Some of the most common house plants are actually toxic to our pets- and should never be included in the homes of PetParents just to be safe. If you see a plant noted on a poisonous plants list, it’s safe to assume that all parts of the plant (leaves, berries, roots, stem) could pose a problem to your pet.
Common Poisonous Plants for Pets:
- Castor bean or castor oil plant
- Peace Lily
- Virginia creeper
- English Ivy
- Any mushroom you cannot identify as safe
- Flower bulbs of any kind
- Bleeding heart
- Jerusalem cherry
- Lily of the valley
*This is not an entire list, but a compilation of some of the most common plants that are poisonous to pets.
Because it’s better to be safe than sorry, we’d suggest you add at least one of these Pet Poison Hotline phone numbers to your contacts list in your cell phone. This, along with the phone # to your regular attending veterinarian could prove life saving in an emergency situation.
Pet Poison Hotline Phone #’s:
ASPCA 24 hr poison hotline: 1-888-426-4435
Pet Poison Helpline: 1-800-213-6680
Animal Poison Hotline: 1-888-232-8870
The ASPCA also provides a comprehensive list on their website where you can search by your pet type (dogs, cats, or horses), and find out which plants are key to avoid contact with.
Just remember, when it comes to plants & pets: If in doubt, leave it out! (of the house or garden)