The dog days of summer are upon us, and our favorite dogs, cats and their owners are enjoying their time together out in the sun. We all love this fun time together with our best buddies, but it’s important to remember to always be vigilant during walks and playtime. There is always a threat that a poisonous plant can be nearby. Not only outside, but many house plants also pose a threat for our pets as well. Here are a few very common plants to always have your pets avoid.
Daffodils are common to see outside during the summertime and have a very friendly appearance, but they are anything but for dogs and cats. These flowers contain an alkaloid called lycorine, which is very dangerous for pets to consume. The bulb of the flower is the most dangerous part, but consuming that, the petals or the plant can cause drooling, severe vomiting, diarrhea and can even be fatal.
These plants, also referred to as Dumb Cane, are very common in households and offices, so you’ll want to remove them if they’re already in your home. If eaten by dogs and cats, they can cause irritation and burning sensations in their mouth, nausea, and difficulty swallowing.
Lilies are one of the most dangerous plants for cats, but they can be harder to look out for since some have different effects than others. While some will only cause minor irritation like Peruvian and Calla Lillies, other liles like Tiger, Easter, and Japanese Snow Lilies can have devastating effects. Even only a few bites of the more dangerous ones can cause severe liver failure. Make sure you are familiar with the different varieties, but it’s a good idea just to avoid Lilies altogether.
Tulips are another common flower to watch out for. They contain allergenic lactones which can have similar effects as the alkaloids mentioned earlier for Daffodils. Like Daffodils, most of the poisonous material is located in the bulb and can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Be sure to take your dog or cat to the vet right away if you suspect that they’ve eaten these plants.
These are only a few of the plants that can pose harm to your pets. For more information, be sure to ask your vet or refer to organizations like the ASPCA. Being aware of these different plants and planning accordingly can assure you and your pet more peace of mind as you enjoy the rest of the summer!
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