One of the most frequent questions we get at the shop is, "What flowers or plants are safe for my pets?" While we recommend keeping your blooms out of your wee fluffball's reach, we know that isn't always possible. So here is a list of flowers and plants that are not poisonous to pets.
Buds & Blooms
Our in-shop pet expert recommends bouquets containing Orchids, Roses, Gerbera or Sunflowers. You can fill out the bouquets with flowers like Alstromeria, Freesia, Liatras, Snap Dragons and Statice. Carnations, Asters and Baby's Breath are okay, too.
Some traditional favourites like lilies, daffodils and tulips are toxic to cats so its best to steer away from those. Unfortunately, Chrysanthemums, Irises and Gladiolas are also a no-go for our feline friends. Dogs also can run into problems with Delphiniums, Hydrangeas and Lily of the Valley. And bad news for peony lovers, these blooms are a definite no for our furry friends.
Green & Blooming Plants
Just because you have furry pets doesn't mean you can't enjoy a few plant buddies, too. There are lots of plant varieties that you can choose from. Swedish Ivy, Areca Palms and Boston Ferns are popular choices for pet parents. Money Trees are also safe for pets with the added benefit of being very resilient and relatively low maintenance. Air, Prayer & Spider Plants are all excellent choices as well.
Most varieties of succulents are fine with one notable exception. Aloe plants may bring healing to humans but they are toxic for pets. Also on the toxic list for green plants are Bamboo, Eucalyptus, Shamrock and Snake Plants. While you may enjoy your Marijuana plants, they are not a good idea for your pets as they are also toxic if ingested.
As for blooming plants, African Violets, Roses and Hibiscus are all safe for your pets. Gloxinia, Christmas Cactus and Bromeliad are considered safe, too.
Disclaimer: While some plants and flowers are considered non-toxic, even these can cause an upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea for your pet. So, take care and keep an eye on your fur-babies.