22 dangerous for Pets plants

Pets and house plants – not always the best combination. You may be surprised, but a fair number of plants, including quite popular home and landscape species that can cause poisoning or even death of a pet. Below we describe only a few from a huge list of plants that can be dangerous. Talk to the vet or try to learn more about the plants that are in your home.

We are not trying to say that these plants and animals cannot coexist. Many cats and dogs will not pay attention on these plants, and even if your pet will get, the plant can not hurt him.

Still, better to be safe beforehand than sorry after. Watch your Pets and what they like to chew, especially for puppies and kittens who usually chew everything within their reach. Use a special spray-repellent, safe for animals and plants to wean the animal to chew on plants, install a decorative fence or wrap large plants from the grid and place them where the animal doesn’t get to them. But if you suspect that your pet still got to dangerous plants, immediately contact the veterinarian or service starovatutinsky assistance.

And remember that some of these plants may be poisonous to humans. It is clear that an adult is unlikely to chew on that inedible plants, but should carefully monitor small children, especially in the period when babies actively explore the world and chew on everything.


Gippeastrum – popular bulbous plant with beautiful flowers, but for cats and dogs it can cause a number of problems, from gastrointestinal disorders to tremor or even anorexia. Hippeastrum relative of the Amaryllis (also called Amaryllis belladonna) are not less toxic.

Colchicum (autumn Crocus)

Colchicum (autumn Crocus) looks innocent, but the result of eating this innocent looking plant can be vomiting, diarrhea and even damage to internal organs. Interesting fact: often poisoners in detective novels used this plant to kill a man (like digitalis, which we describe below).


Azalea, like other plants of the genus Rhododendron, can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, General weakness and, if the dose was large enough, even death.


Natural insecticides, the pyrethrins contained in the chrysanthemums, can not only help to deter insects, but also cause gastro-intestinal disorders.


The most likely result of ingestion of Coleus – vomiting and diarrhea, however, this plant can also cause anorexia and depression.


Eating cyclamen may end in vomiting. The most poisonous parts of the plant – roots, but your Pets should stay away from any of its parts.

The daffodil and Tulip

A variety of spring daffodils and tulips is liked by everyone. However, bulbs of these plants are the source of toxins that can cause numerous problems, from increased salivation and convulsions to heart failure.


Dahlias can cause skin diseases and disorders of the gastro-intestinal tract, so if your pet has a sensitive digestive system, this herb should keep away from him.

English ivy

English ivy is a popular landscaping and indoor plant, but eating it in food can cause vomiting, diarrhea, pain and excessive salivation.

Foxglove (digitalis)

Considering that Foxglove (aka digitalis) is used in medicines that improve heart function, it is not surprising that this plant can cause disorder of cardiac activity of both animals and humans. Among other unpleasant consequences of eating the digitalis – disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.

Hellebore (winter)

Hellebore (winter) – popular winter decorative plant, which can cause abdominal pain, colic and depression in dogs and cats.


Despite the fact that hydrangea is one of the most beautiful garden plants, a result of the use in food animals can be a number of problems, from irritation of the oral cavity and gastrointestinal disorders to depression.


Numerous members of the Lily family, including Asiatic hybrids, like the ones shown here, are very toxic to cats: even a small dose will cause severe damage to the kidneys.

Daylilies (hemerocallis)

Daylilies (hemerocallis) although does not belong to the family Liliaceae, but is also poisonous.


Oleander is very poisonous to both animals and humans. The result of the use of this plant food can be various complications, disorders of the gastrointestinal system to cardiac disorders and death.


Spathiphyllum is an ideal houseplant. It is unpretentious, hardy and thrives in the shade. Unfortunately, it can cause severe irritation of the mouth and vomiting in dogs and cats.

The Golden pothos Golden

Chewing and swallowing the leaves of Golden epipremnum (Potos), pet can “reward” yourself the irritation and swelling of the mucous. The good news is that the Golden pothos is a climbing plant that often come too high that he could reach the animal.

The cycad drooping

The cycad drooping can be a spectacular houseplant, and is quite popular for landscape (in warm regions). Its disadvantage is that it is poisonous for animals. The leaves of this plant can cause some health problems, but the most dangerous part of it – the seeds (nuts) that can cause convulsions and liver failure.

Umbrella tree (schefflera)

A very popular umbrella tree (schefflera) can cause severe irritation of the mouth and vomiting.

Sweet pea

Delicate sweet peas should also be kept away from animals – it can cause tremor, convulsions and, in severe cases – death.


The alkaloid toxin contained in the leaves of yew affects the Central nervous system and can cause heart failure.


On good, this list can be enlarged many times, considering also personal intolerance and allergies, for you personally and your pet, it can consist of more than 100 positions. Before you start house or in the garden is a beautiful plant that you both fancy a neighbor, if you have any health problems or you are worried about the health of your pet, you should first consult with a specialist. Still have questions? Write in the comments.

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