Flower Facts

Best Plants and Bouqs for a Pet-Friendly Home

Flowers Safe For Dogs

Is there anything we love more than houseplants and fresh cut flowers? Beautiful leaves spilling over into our everyday lives brings nature into our homes and keeps the air in our house fresh. And a vase of fresh cut flowers? There isn’t a more beautiful gift you could receive from a loved one. Every time you look at them, you’ll be reminded how loved you are.

So really – is there anything we love more than our houseplants and fresh flowers? We can think of one thing: our pets! While we love having plants to help beautify our houses, the last thing we want is for them to make our fur babies sick. No need to worry: there are plenty of flowers safe for dogs and other pets, so we can have the best of both worlds!

Check out these pet-friendly plants and flowers:

 

Pet-Friendly Plants

If you are a bonafide plant mama, the last thing you want to find out is that your potted babies are going to hurt or kill your furry family members. Ultimately, the best way to ensure the safe coexistence of your plants and pets is to keep them as out of reach as you possibly can.

We know – cats like to climb on everything, so this can be a particular challenge. If you train your cat to stay out of certain bedrooms or off most or all of the furniture, a potted plant mess can be avoided. If you really want to stay extra safe, one of these non-toxic plants will be perfectly fine for homes with pets:

  • Air plants
  • Aluminum Plant
  • Boston or Maidenhair Ferns
  • Friendship Plant
  • Basil
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Lace Flower Vine
  • Lipstick Plant
  • Parlor Plum
  • Polka Dot Plant
  • Calathea
  • Spider Plant

Pet-Friendly Flowers

Flowers are a beautiful gift to give and to receive. They will brighten up anyone’s day, but the last thing that you want to do is make their dog or cat sick. Again, the best rule of thumb with flowers is to keep them out of your pet’s reach, or not have them at all.

However, that can be a challenge for the most curious of furry friends, so it helps to have options of non-toxic flowers.

Fortunately, plenty of flowers are pet-safe! Whether you are buying flowers for your home or you are looking for flowers safe for dogs for a loved one with a birthday coming up, the following flowers are safe for homes with pets in them.

  • African Violets
  • Christmas Cactus
  • Phalaenopsis Orchid
  • Roses (NOT including primrose, Christmas rose, desert rose, rosebay, or moss rose)
  • Gerbera Daisies
  • Sunflowers
  • Petunias
  • Celosia
  • Zinnias
  • Asters
  • Marigolds
  • Lilies (non-toxic for dogs and horses)

Signs Your Pet Ate a Poisonous Plant

What if your plants fall into the toxic list and you think Fido or feline might have eaten one of them? If your pet seems to be feeling sick, these are the symptoms of plant poisoning to look out for:

  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Drooling
  • Dehydration
  • Uncontrollable urination or thirst
  • Depression
  • Bleeding gums
  • Agitation
  • Black or bloody stools
  • Nosebleed

If your pet has any of these symptoms and they do not subside for 24 hours, it’s best to take them to the vet immediately. They could have eaten a poisonous plant or a number of things that are perfectly safe for humans, but unsafe for pets.

Check the ASPCA Animal Poison Control if you have any questions, or just to further educate yourself on ways to keep your pets safe! Of course, the best way to keep your animals safe is preventing them from eating poisonous things in the first place, and the best way to do that is by being educated on things that are safe and things that are poisonous.

In need of some plants and flowers that are safe for dogs and cats? The Bouqs Co. has plenty of options from the lists above!

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