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Pet-Safe (and Toxic) Flowers to Be Aware of This Valentine's Day

Michele Debczak
Not every flower is safe for pets.
Not every flower is safe for pets. / Probuxtor/iStock via Getty Images
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Chocolates aren't the only gifts pet owners have to worry about on Valentine's Day. If you bring home a flower bouquet from your sweetheart, it could pose a potential health hazard to any dogs or cats you have in the house. Fortunately, there are many beautiful plants that aren't poisonous to your furry friends. When dropping hints about gifts to your Valentine, make them aware of some of the pet-safe—and toxic—flowers from the lists below.

Many popular bouquet flowers can lead to serious symptoms in dogs and cats, such as seizures, breathing problems, and liver failure. Displaying your vase out of swatting distance isn't always enough when it comes to these plants. Because they're potentially dangerous, keeping them in the same house with your pet may not be worth the risk—especially if your animal is the curious type.

But you don't have to sacrifice your floral arrangements to keep Fluffy safe and healthy. Orchids, roses, and sunflowers are all pet-friendly, according to the ASPCA. Of course, this doesn't mean you should let your pet snack on any petals that fall to the floor. While these varieties aren't connected to more life-threatening ailments, they can still cause vomiting and gastrointestinal discomfort.

If your pet shows any signs of sickness after eating a plant—no matter the type—contact your vet right away. After reading these lists of poisonous and pet-safe flowers, check out more holiday-related toxins to keep out of your dog's reach.

Flowers That Are Toxic to Pets

  1. Aloe
  2. Amaryllis
  3. Azalea
  4. Bird of Paradise
  5. Calla Lily
  6. Carnation
  7. Chrysanthemum
  8. Daffodil
  9. Dahlia
  10. Gladiola
  11. Hyacinth
  12. Hydrangea
  13. Iris
  14. Lantana
  15. Lavender
  16. Lily of the Valley
  17. Peace Lily
  18. Peony
  19. Ranunculus
  20. Rhododendron
  21. Tulip

Flowers That Are Safe for Pets

  1. Asters
  2. Celosia
  3. Freesia
  4. Gerber Daisy
  5. Limonium
  6. Lisianthus
  7. Madagascar Jasmine
  8. Orchid
  9. Rose
  10. Snapdragon
  11. Statice
  12. Stock
  13. Sunflower
  14. Snapdragon
  15. Waxflower
  16. Zinnias
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