To all the homeowners and pet owners out there, menaces that could harm your pets are lurking just outside your home. We’re not talking about aggressive wild animals–in fact, these predators are a lot more deceiving and adept at concealing themselves. We’re talking about the plants in your yard.
There are many species that are poisonous to pets if they are accidentally ingested, and most people are totally unaware of this threat. They don’t have a clue that the beautiful foliage growing in their garden is one step away from causing serious harm to their dog or cat.
And plant vendors aren’t always adequately informed about the potential dangers of a certain species either, which only makes matters worse. We have compiled a list of some of the most common backyard plants that no homeowner with pets or small children should own. The risk is simply too high. Without further ado, here is the line-up of the plants to avoid planting.
Please note that a comprehensive study by the ASPCA found that there are over 700 species that contain substances that are toxic. While listing them all here is beyond the scope of this article, we encourage you to download the full report from the ASPCA’s website.
Do You Have These Plants in Your Garden?
Aloe Vera – the go-to solution for burns has been found to cause some serious side effects in dogs and cats, such as vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, tremors, and even depression.
Begonia – the tubers in this popular garden plant are particularly dangerous to pets, as they have been known to result in oral irritation, excessive drooling, and vomiting when ingested.
Carnations – while a bit on the milder side as far as this list is concerned, these famous flowers can lead to mild dermatitis and gastrointestinal problems.
Daffodil – the bulbs are what you want to keep a close eye on for these plants, as they are extremely toxic and can cause a whole host of medical complications. The worst include vomiting, convulsions, tremors, low blood pressure, and heart problems.
Azalea, Baby’s Breath, Castor Bean, Cyclamen, Hosta, Ivy, and Lilies are just a few others to avoid if you have pets. If you do choose to plant them, make sure to keep them far away from your dog or cat.