Pet-Friendly Flowers & Plants for Your Home

Pets are members of the family, so the last thing we want is for them to get sick from flowers or plants that are toxic to them. You don’t have to stay entirely away from all flower arrangements and plants, but it is good to be aware so that you can move some out of the way of a curious dog or cat. Whether you’re sending flowers or receiving flowers as a gift, know what flowers are toxic to dog and cats and know the pet-friendly flowers and plants for your home.

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Top Toxic Flowers and Plants to Dogs and Cats

Aloe Vera
Amaryllis
Azalea
Baby’s Breath (toxic to dogs but safe for cats)
Begonia
Birds of Paradise
Carnation
Chrysanthemum
Daffodils
Dieffenbachia
Eucalyptus
Iris
Ivy
Mother in Law’s Tongue/Snake Plant
Narcissus
Oleander
Poinsettia
Sago Palm
Tulips
Wisteria

Top Pet-Friendly Flowers and Plants

Aster
Alstromeria
Celosia
Daisies
Fern Varieties
*Lilies (safe for dogs but toxic to cats)
Marigolds
Orchids
Pansies
Petunia
Roses
Snapdragons
Sunflowers
Spider Plant
Violets
Zinnia

*For a full list, please check out the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center website. There you can find a searchable list of both toxic and non-toxic plants for cats, dogs, and even horses!

Signs and Symptoms of Flower and Plant Toxicity

If you suspect that your pet may have ingested a toxic plant or flowers, please contact your vet right away. Here are a few signs of toxic consumption:

  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Drooling
  • Nausea

When you’re ordering flowers or a plant for a pet-friendly household, just take a few extra minutes to check that the bouquet is safe to send. Even plants that aren’t pet-friendly can be enjoyed in the house, as long as extra measures are taken to keep them away from beloved pets.