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
- Bird of Paradise
- Calla Lily
- Lily of the Valley
- Peace Lily
Flowers That Are Safe for Pets
- Gerber Daisy
- Madagascar Jasmine