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These Garden Plants are Poisonous to Cats and Dogs

With the beginning of spring, the garden beckons – which you will definitely want to enjoy together with your dog or cat. But be careful: poisonous plants lurk in the garden that can be dangerous for your darling. Your animal world tells you which they are – and how you can recognize poisoning.

The Blue Monkshood will be familiar to many pet owners. It is considered to be the most poisonous plant in Europe. As pretty as the flower looks: All parts are poisonous, even two grams can be deadly.

In addition, there are other ornamental plants that people with dogs or cats should rather banish from their garden. The roots, bark, leaves, or berries of these popular garden plants are poisonous to dogs and cats:

  • cyclamen;
  • begonia;
  • blue monkshood;
  • boxwood;
  • colorwort;
  • calla;
  • chrysanthemums;
  • ivy;
  • angel trumpet;
  • false acacia;
  • garden tulip;
  • hyacinth;
  • tree of life;
  • lily;
  • lily of the valley;
  • mistletoe;
  • daffodil;
  • oleander;
  • rhododendron;
  • delphinium;
  • wondertree.

Among other things, Peta and the magazine “My beautiful garden” warn against this. Young cats and dogs in particular are curious and like to try everything. That’s why you should ban poisonous plants from your garden and be careful when you go for a walk.

Neither should you let other herbivorous animals such as horses, guinea pigs, turtles, or rabbits near these poisonous plants?

This is How You Can Tell Whether Your Pet Has Poisoned Itself

Symptoms that your pet may experience after consuming poisonous plants include vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, and even paralysis. If you have the slightest suspicion of poisoning, you should take your dog or cat to the vet immediately.

If you’ve seen what your animal ate, you can tell the doctor the name of the plant or even bring a sample of it with you. In this way, the veterinarians can quickly classify the poisoning and act accordingly.

Peta points out that the list of potentially poisonous plants is even longer: If you are unsure about a plant in your house or garden, you should clarify your questions with the vet as a precaution.

Poisonous Plants: It is Better to Be Safe Than Sorry

“You shouldn’t rely on dogs or cats not eating plants of their own accord,” advises Philip McCreight from the animal welfare organization TASSO e.V. “Even when playing in the garden, they sometimes bite into a plant out of sheer exuberance or dig around in the compost heap. If poisonous growth gets into the mouth or stomach, action must be taken immediately. ”

By the way, you should also be careful when buying plants for your apartment or house: Many indoor plants are poisonous for cats and/or dogs. The same goes for cut flowers.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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