Planting this year?

As we spend more time outdoors, and create our gorgeous outdoor living spaces with beautiful flowers and plants, it is imperative that you educate yourselves about which common plants can hurt cats, dogs, rabbits, horses and even humans.

Most of us want our pets to be able to enjoy the freedom and healthy benefits of being outdoors – and most of us assume that it’s safe. How dangerous could the garden be? Well aside from the obvious pitfalls like rodent poison and precarious towering structures, there is no shortage of garden plants that have a wicked side all their own. Make sure you know which plants are most deadly to avoid your dog or cat from getting into these poisonous flowers and poisonous plants!

Poisonous plants produce a variety of toxic substances – and while they work well to protect the plant, for your pet they can cause reactions ranging from mild nausea to death. Those innocent-seeming plants, you just can’t trust them. *snark*

Plants are serious business and can make your pet quite sick. The plants on this illustration are common ones that you might want to keep tabs on if you have a pet (or child, in some cases) who may find their way to them. An extensive list may be found on the ASPCA’s website .


If you think that your animal may have ingested a poisonous substance, contact your local veterinarian IMMEDIATELY, or the ASPCA’s 24-hour emergency poison hotline directly at 888-426-4435. Time is ALWAYS of the essence!