Plants to keep away from your pets

Plants to keep away from your pets

Bringing your pet home for the first time is an exciting time. It’s also an important time to ensure your home is safe for your pet, inside and out, by getting to know your plants.

There are many types of plants in and around our homes that can pose a potential risk for dogs and cats. Some plants can cause skin irritations in cats and dogs, while others can cause digestive upset or even death. It’s important to inspect your home to identify any plants that could pose a risk.

Keeping your pet safe from plants inside your home.

While indoor plants may look pleasing to the eye and brighten up your home, there are certain plants that don’t mix well with pets.

Make a checklist and walk through your home, making sure to check off every plant for safety. Look out for plants like Devil’s Ivy, Dracaena (Dragon Tree), and Mother-in-laws tongue that can all cause an upset stomach in cats and dogs, including vomiting and diarrhoea. 

Watch out for common household plants like Hosta and Philodendron that are poisonous to cats and dogs.  Others like the Rubber Tree Plant can attack animal DNA, while the Peace Lily can cause a loss of appetite.

Plants to keep away from your pets

Look out for plants like Devil's lvy,
Dracaena and Mother-in-laws tongue...

Keeping your pet safe from plants outside your home.

It’s a good idea to keep your pet safe outside by inspecting your garden for different types of plants, grass and mushrooms. Look out for common outdoor plants and flowers that are poisonous to cats and dogs like Azaleas, Daffodils, and Cycad Palm.

Be mindful of other things in your garden that could be unsafe for your pet. Certain fertilisers, mulch and snail or rodent bait can have toxic ingredients in them making them unsafe for your dog or cat.

Plants such as Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow, if eaten, can cause fever, vomiting and even seizures. And be aware of fruit trees that can cause blocked airways in your pet if the fruit stone is eaten.

If you’re unsure about what plant is right for your home and your pet, we recommend doing some research. It’s always better to be safe, especially when creating a loving home environment for all creatures, big, small, leafy green or flowering.

It’s important to enjoy spending time with your pet inside and out, knowing that your plants and pets are safe. And if your pet comes into contact with a toxic plant, or you suspect it may be poisonous, seek medical advice immediately. 

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Please note that the information contained in our plant list is not meant to be all-inclusive, but rather a compilation of commonly encountered plants. Individual plants may differ. Please be sure to check the name of the plant to determine its toxicity.


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