Hazardous Plants For Pets–These Plants Can Be Toxic
I have compiled a list of 57 hazardous plants for pets–Dogs, Cats, Ferrets…
Some of these plants can be toxic.
Some of these hazardous plants are indoor plants, others are outdoor plants. Many can grow indoors or out. Some of these plants are more harmful than others, and some can be toxic. Plants, such as Poinsettias and Firesticks secrete a liquid that can be toxic. Other plants, such as Philodendron and Devil’s Ivy, if eaten, can cause swelling and burning of the mouth and tongue as well as digestive issues, spasms, and even seizures. While some parts of these plants are often more hazardous than others, every part of some plants are toxic. With the Sago Palm, for example, every single part of the plant is poisonous—including the seeds, roots and leaves. Eating any part of the plant can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and in some cases, liver failure.
Note that many of these plants may come in different varieties and/or colors. The flower and leaf colors may vary, as well as the berries or fruit of the plant. The shape of the flower and leaves may also vary. The names and photos are representative of 57 plants that are hazardous to pets. I have included photos of most plants on the list, with the exception of a few very common, well know plants, such as tulips.
These plants may be beautiful and we may love to have our homes and yards filled with them. However, if your dog, cat, ferret or other pet has access to them, there is always a risk. It is best to keep any of the plants on this list away from pets. Keep them out of your house and out of your garden. It is always better to be safe now rather than to be sorry later.
|Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis, Aloe Indica, Aloe Barbados)|
|Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia)|
|Blue Bells (Browallia)|
|Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)|
|Bush Lily, Natal Lily (Clivia)|
|Calla Lily (Zantedeschia)|
|Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)|
|Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum)|
|Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans)|
|Devil’s Ivy, Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)|
|Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)|
|Elephant Ear (Caladium)|
|English Ivy (Hedera helix)|
|Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzeranum)|
|Floss Flower (Ageratum)|
|Golden Trumpet (Allamanda)|
|Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens)|
|Holly (Ilex aquifolium)|
|Jade (Crassula ovata)|
|Japanese Laurel (aucuba)|
|Jerusalem cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum)|
|Lily of the Valley (Convallaria)|
|Mistletoe (Phoradendron serotinum)|
|Natal Palm (Carissa macrocarpa)|
|Oleander (Nerium oleander)|
|Ornamental Pepper (Capsicum annuum)|
|Red Hot Cat’s Tail, Chenille Plant (Acalypha)|
|Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)|
|Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)|
|String of Pearls (Senecio)|
|Sweet Pea (Lathyrus)|
|Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera)|
|Wax Begonia (Begonia x semerflorens-cultorium)|
|Wax Plant (Hoya)|
|Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Kiss-Me-Quick, Lady-of-the-Night (Brunfelsia)|
|ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia )|
I want to stress that this is a partial list of 57 common hazardous plants to dogs, cats, ferrets and other pets. There are hundreds of plants that can be hazardous to pets–too many to list here. If you want to learn more, check out these resources.
If your pet comes in contact with one of these plants, especially if he has ingested some of the plant, please contact your Vet or call the ASPCA’s poison control hotline at (888) 426-4435. There may be a charge from the ASPCA for their service.
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