Having a pet is everyone’s dream and some have realized it by owning not one but more than one pets at a time. It is often seen as a noble act to save animal from the street and give it a place in your home. These pets become part of your life and remain so until their time is over. Well, to protect them you try everything possible so that they don’t feel any pain. However, there are many ways that you are harming your pets and that is through the marvelous greens that you have inside your house or in your garden. Yes, you read right, plants are harmful for your pets!
So what are the plants and trees are dangerous for your pets, let’s find out.
1. Azalea – One of the most beautiful landscaping plants, this plant is also one of the most poisonous to your pets. The entire plant is not only dangerous to your dogs and cats, but also to horses, goats, and sheep. If they eat the leaves, they could have vomiting and diarrhea, and other long-term could be devastating for them. If you already have in your garden, then you can either remove them or keep an eye on your animals.
2. Lilies – This plant may not be toxic for dogs, but it is for cats. Of all lilies, daylily is dangerous if ingested by a cat can cause kidney failure, even a small portions of any part of the plant. If your feline friends roams outside, do consider not planting lilies in your yard. Be sure to protect your indoor cats by keeping tabletop floral arrangements lily-free.
3. Cyclamen – This five petal flower is usually accompanied by rounded or arrow-like leaves that can be very toxic for dogs. The whole plant is toxic to dogs in generally, however the most poisonous part is the roots. You may notice your dog having intestinal issues and may vomit violently.
4. Tulips – This spring favorite can be very dangerous for a dog. The real threat is the bulb, which contains a toxin that will irritate a pet’s bowels. From the start, your pet might lose interest in his food. This toxin could also depress your pet’s central nervous system, causing convulsions or even cardiac arrest.
5. Hibiscus – This common houseplant can lead to loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and general nausea in your pet.
6. Autumn Crocus – The autumn crocus is a death sentence for a pet. Ingestion can lead to serious organ damage, vomiting and diarrhea, possibly bloody, and could suppress bone marrow functions.
7. Chrysanthemums – These flowers are pretty popular and can be found both outdoor and indoor. They can cause serious gastrointestinal upset, excessive drooling and diarrhea. Occasionally, ingestion of this plant can lead to depression.
8. Apples and Apricots – It is shocking for many owners to realize that apples can in fact be very toxic for pets. While the fruit itself is safe, the seeds, stems, and leaves all have a form of the poison cyanide in them. Symptoms will include difficulty breathing, bright red mucous membranes, and shock.
9. Begonia – Begonias contain chemicals known as insoluble oxalates that will cause your dog or cat’s mouth to burn. They may find it difficult to swallow their food.
10. Yucca – Popular in desert climate, this plant can cause serious bouts of vomiting and diarrhea. Luckily, the plant has sharp thorns that keep most pets away.
11. Chamomile – This plant is commonly cultivated for teas or as calming agent for humans, however, it is dangerous for your pet. Simply brushing against it will give your dog dermatitis, and ingestion can lead to anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, and bleeding.
12. Avocado – Eating avocados can cause mild poisoning which lead to vomiting and diarrhea in your pets.
13. Garlic – If your pet eats garlic in big quantities, then it might be time to head for the vet’s office. Too much garlic can result in hemolytic anemia, a condition whereby your pet’s red blood cells are being broken down. You will also notice vomiting, weakness, possibly bloody urine, and a very fast heart rate.
14. Burning Bush – Taken in large dosage, the toxin from this bush can cause the heart problems, leading to abnormal heart beat rhythm. In small quantity, symptoms would be vomiting, diarrhea and pain in the abdominal area.
15. Grapefruit – The toxins of this plant, found mostly in the leaves and rind of the fruit can lead to light sensitivity, depression, and vomiting/diarrhea.
16. Daffodils – This common garden flower is immensely toxic to dogs and cats. Ingestion can cause diarrhea, vomiting, convulsions, arrhythmia and low blood pressure. Common as they are, it’s very important that your pet stay away.