25 Common Backyard Plants that are Poisonous for Pets

Plants that are poisonous for pets????

Anyone who owns a dog or cat knows that it’s inevitable that there will be times they dig, scratch, play with, chew on, or eat something that grows in your yard. Even though this is a natural behavior, it’s still important to keep an eye on what your pet is exposed to when out and about in order to protect them from plants that are poisonous for pets; and perhaps hazardous to their health.

We’ve been providing landscaping and irrigation services to clients throughout the San Joaquin Valley and Central California since 1972, and we know what the locals love to use – and what they need to watch out for when it comes to their pets. So we put together this list of the top 25 most common backyard plants that are poisonous for pets.

Before you rip out all your favorite flowers, though, the first and best thing you can do to protect your dog or cat is to keep an eye on them when outside and see if it’s possible to keep them separated from any plants or flowers that could do harm. Sometimes a cleverly-placed fountain, fence or decorative rock wall might be all it takes.

If Fido or Fluffy are determined to chow down on your flowers, however, and you feel the need to remove them, be sure to dispose of them where they can’t get to them. Just throwing things in your compost pile could make it even more interesting to your pets, so be sure your green waste is covered or inaccessible.

Here’s our list of the top 25 plants that can be hazardous to your pets. If you’re thinking of adding new plants or flowers to your landscaping, check them against this list, or the link to a more extensive one we’ve provided below. And remember, just because they are on this list, it doesn’t mean you can’t use them. Just be sure that your pet and your plants are kept separate and you’ll all be fine. 

  1. Aloe Vera
  2. Azalea
  3. Cyclamen
  4. Chrysanthemum
  5. Daffodil
  6. Gladiola
  7. Hosta
  8. Ivy
  9. Day Lilies
  10. Morning Glory
  11. Oleander
  12. Sago Palm
  1. Tomato Plant
  2. Tulips
  3. Lantana
  4. Hydrangea
  5. Boxwood
  6. Bird of Paradise
  7. Poinsettia
  8. Oak trees (leaves and acorns)
  9. Elephant ears
  10. Angel’s trumpet
  11. English Ivy / Boston Ivy
  12. Wisteria
  13. Clematis

This list is just a sampling of plants that can be poisonous to cats and dogs. If you’d like to see even more, the Humane Society has an extensive list of almost 100 plants that are poisonous for pets available online HERE. If you suspect that your pet has eaten one of these poisonous plants, and you see symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, difficult breathing, abnormal urine, salivation, weakness, and other abnormal conditions, call or take your pet to the veterinarian immediately.

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