The flowers are beginning to bloom, and it's so pretty! But there are a few spring flowers you'll want to keep away from your furry friends.

Springtime Flowers

It's officially springtime in the Tri-State, and flowers are starting to bloom, and everything is starting to look green again after a long dark winter.  This time of year, I love buying flowers to plant around my house and sprucing up my landscaping to look nice.   However, if you have pets and you like to plant flowers around your home, there are a few springtime staples that you'll want to keep away from your pets.

Photo by Fermin Rodriguez Penelas on Unsplash
Photo by Fermin Rodriguez Penelas on Unsplash

Popular Flowers That are Toxic to Pets

According to Berkley Humane, these are the most common flowers that people enjoy planting in the springtime that can be poisonous for pets.

  1. Tulip
  2. Lilly (many varieties are very toxic to pets)
  3. Gladiola
  4. Daffodil (especially the bulbs)
  5. Begonia
  6. Amaryllis (especially the bulbs)
  7. Chrysanthemum
  8. Birds of Paradise (often in front/back yards)
  9. Baby’s Breath (common in bouquets)
  10. Azalea/Rhododendron
  11. Oleander
  12. Milkweed (often planted to attract butterflies)

Flower lovers fear not! There are many pet-safe flowers too. Some popular options are: African Violets, Roses, Orchids, Sunflowers, and Marigolds.


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What to Do if Your Pet Ingests One Of These Plants?

If your pet happens to ingest one of these plants, there is a Pet Poison Hotline you can call at any time. This hotline is for pet owners and vets to call and a trained professional will help walk you through what you need to do if your pet has ingested something toxic.  The Pet Poison Control Hotline is (855) 764-7661.  It's never a bad idea to stick that number in your contact list now so you always have it on you.  Hopefully, you'll never have to use it, but just in case!

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