Best Pet-Friendly Plants for Your Home

Plants can be toxic for pets, even to the point of being fatal. So, what are the best pet-friendly plants for your home? Read on to find out!

The next time you buy a houseplant or order unique flower arrangements, you want to make sure they’re safe for your pets. Some plants can be toxic for pets, even to the point of being fatal. So, what are the best pet-friendly plants for your home? Read on to find out!

Flowers that Are Safe for Cats and Dogs

Here are some of the most common non-toxic flowers that are safe for both cats and dogs.

Asters

There are about 250 types of asters. They can range in height from 6 inches to 6 feet, and the blooms come in many colors. These daisy-like flowers are most commonly white, blue, or pink, but they can also be shades like red or purple.

Celosia

Celosia features small showy flowers in dense spikes. With 45 species to choose from, you can find these fluffy flowers in many bold colors, including pink, red, yellow, and purple.

Orchids

With more than 25,000 species, you’re certain to find an orchid that attracts your attention. These tropical flowers range in size from just 1/10” to 15” and are available in a multitude of colors.

Roses

There are about 100 species of roses, and they’re also easily hybridized. That means they come in a variety of colors, each of which means something different. For example, red roses represent romance, passion, and true love. White roses represent innocence, purity, and youthfulness. Yellow roses mean joy, friendship, and caring.

Sunflowers

Did you know that some species of the brightly colored sunflower can stand up to 15 feet tall? While the petals of sunflowers are typically yellow, the disk in the middle can be yellow, brown, or purple.

Zinnias

Zinnias range in size from 1 foot tall with flowers that are 1 inch across to 3 feet tall with blooms 6 inches across. The round blooms are found in most colors other than blue.

Plants that Are Safe for Dogs

Some flowers are safe for dogs, but may not be for cats. Here are safe plants for people who only have pups, and no kitties.

African Violets

African violets are five-petaled flowers that are white, pink, or violet. They bloom throughout the year and are easy houseplants to keep because they don’t need much light.

Pansies

There are as many as 600 species of pansies, which have been cultivated for so long that nobody is quite sure where they originated. Pansies grow to an average of 6 to 12 inches tall with five-petaled flowers that are usually 1 to 2 inches across and blue, yellow, and white.

Petunias

With showy trumpet-shaped flowers, petunias are popular plants for gardens and window boxes. There are single- and double-bloom varieties in a range of colors from white to purple and dark red.

Flowers the Are Toxic for Pets

Whether you’re debating bringing plants into your home for the first time or you have a new dog or cat, you should be aware of which flowers are toxic for pets. Here are some of the most common poisonous plants.

  • Calla lily
  • Carnation
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Daffodil
  • Dahlia
  • Freesia
  • Gladiola
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydrangea
  • Iris
  • Lily of the valley
  • Ranunculus
  • Tulip

What to Do if Your Pet Eats a Toxic Plant

If your pet is displaying severe symptoms like seizures or bloody diarrhea, you should take them straight to the vet. Otherwise, you can call your vet during business hours or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number any time at (888) 426-4435 (fees may apply).

They’ll ask what plant your pet ate, how much, and what their symptoms are. From there, they can tell you whether it’s something you can handle at home or if you should take your pet to the vet.

Final Thoughts on the Best Pet-Friendly Plants

While some dogs and cats will always find trouble, we can do our best to keep them safe by sticking with pet-friendly plants and avoiding ones that can be toxic. If you don’t see your favorite flower in this article, do some research to find out whether it could harm your pet before bringing it home. This is one case where an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of the cure.

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