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Which Plants to avoid at Home if you have Pets?

July 27, 2022

Marvellous ornamental flowers are potted in homes to keep the natural aesthetics alive in the rather dull rooms. The indoor plants and bouquets fulfill our craving for green spaces. We indeed need to pet-proof our homes if we want to keep our pets happy and safe. Some plants and pets don’t go hand in hand if we are talking about dangerous potted plants. Also, flowers in mixed bouquets like tulips and lilies may be poisonous to your furry inmates. There is a long list of flower plants harmful to pets that are included in the American Society for Prevention of Animal Cruelty. It will help you to plan a pet-safe zone at home with plants.

So, here are some flower plants harmful to pets that becomes hazardous if consumed.


Blue or pink flowering hydrangeas commonly found in gardens are poisonous to dogs. Although the flower will enliven the space where they are placed but may cause harm to your pet partner if he eats any plant part like leaves, buds, or flowers. Cyanogenic glycoside is a harmful compound present in these flowers. The pet can be at risk as it may experience loss of appetite, fatigue, difficulty in breathing and diarrhea in many cases.


Can you think that a beautiful full bloom in orange color named Chrysanthemum is a mild poison to a pet cat? Yes, these are flower plants harmful to pets like dogs and rabbits also. Its leaves and petals contain a toxic chemical called pyrethrin. If your loving pet cat ingests it, it will show symptoms like vomiting, drooling or indigestion.


Tulips are not safe around your pets in any form like a bouquet or a garden. Stunning tulips in many colors have glycosides and alkaloids in them that inhibit protein synthesis in animals if consumed. Cats, dogs and horses are highly affected when tulip poisoning occurs. It shows fatal symptoms like nausea, seizures and tremors.

Tiger lily

It is found that all types of lilies are toxic to animals. The whole plant has concentrated poison elements that are dangerous in many aspects. The large white tiger lily flowers can be fatal if your cat nibbles them. The plant’s toxicity levels are so high that consuming the water of the vase with lily stems may cause kidney ailments in cats.


We find marigold flowers in every decoration. This is because we consider them auspicious, but these flowers are not good for your pets. A responsible pet parent must be able to distinguish between non-toxic marigold species from toxic ones. So, never plant a toxic species of marigold in your pet’s surroundings. If there is a suspicion of ingestion of a few marigold flowers, book a session with your veterinarian doctor to avoid any mishap.


Thus, knowing about harmless and harmful indoor plants is the first step to keeping your pet feline and dog members secure in your abode. Pet parents must make an appointment with a vet for severe conditions. This will help give first aid to the pets right away under their medical supervision.

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