Everyone wants a beautifully landscaped lawn they can be proud of, but not at the expense of our pet’s health!

Cats and dogs get into all sorts of things that can make them sick, including certain common outdoor plants you might already have in your yard. When your pet eats a toxic plant, it may cause mild gastrointestinal problems for a day, or the effects could potentially be more severe. It’s important for pet owners to stay informed of pet safe plants for their yard and which ones are better to avoid.

The following list contains plants that have been reported as potentially toxic to animals by the ASPCA. If your dog or cat is prone to chewing and eating outdoor plants, it’s best to avoid having these plants as part of your outdoor landscaping.

Toxic or Poisonous Plants:

  • Oleander
  • Azaleas
  • Baby’s breath
  • Calla lilies
  • Daffodils
  • Foxglove
  • Morning glories
  • Aloe vera
  • Hydrangea
  • Lupine
  • Begonia
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Geranium
  • Citrus fruits
  • Elephant ears
pet safe plants

Keep in mind, the plants in this list have different levels of toxicity for dogs and cats. The size and weight of your pet can also be a factor–smaller, toy breed dogs are at greater risk if they chew a toxic plant, while larger dogs might not even feel the effects or show only mild discomfort.

Looking for some safe plants to use as part of your landscaping design? These plants will add beauty to your lawn and are safe for dogs and cats to chew and ingest.

Pet Safe Plants:

  • African violet
  • Roses
  • Bamboo and bamboo fern
  • Butterfly ginger
  • Camellia
  • Candle plant
  • Marigolds
  • Chinese plumbago
  • Cushion moss
  • Easter lilies
  • Globe thistle
  • Moss phlox
  • Zinnia

If you’re worried your pet has ingested a poisonous plant, call your vet and keep a sample of the plant with you. Contact your vet immediately if your pet shows any of the following signs:

  • Cold appendages
  • Racing pulse or heartbeat
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Rapid breathing
pet safe plants

Wondering if a certain plant might be harmful to your pet? The ASPCA has put together an extensive list of outdoor and indoor plants. Search for specific plants to see if they’re safe or not or filter the list to show only safe, non-toxic plants that you can keep around your pets.


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