How to Keep Your Pets Safe from Your Flowers



Flowers in your home are a great way to liven things up but be careful of which ones you bring into a household with pets. This article will teach you potentially dangerous flowers that should be avoided and which flowers are harmless to your pets. Flowers are all beautiful to look at but can be very toxic to cats and dogs.

Steps

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    Know your flowers before bringing them home. According to the ASPCA, there are over 100 potentially dangerous flowers on the market. These include:

    • Tulips
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    • Carnations
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    • Daffodils
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    • Lilies - this is deadliest of all to cats. Lilies are very dangerous because they are highly toxic.
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    Know the hidden dangers of flowers. There are hidden dangers that can directly impact your pet. For example, calcium oxalate crystals are present in some common plants and it can cause severe burning to the mouth, lips and even esophagus. Keep such plants out of paws' reach. Examples of two such plants:

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    Dieffenbachia
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    Daffodil
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    Safeguard your pets. There are some simple ways to safeguard your pets:

    • Ask your florist to identify each flower and arrangement.
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    • Look up the flowers online at ASPCA to see if the flowers are safe.
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    • Skip the silica packets. These are toxic to pets.
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    • Throw out rubber bands from the bouquet; pets can swallow them.
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    • Spray the flowers with a product called "Bitter End", or a similar product that produces a bitter taste on plants (ask at the local pet store, florist or nursery). This will deter pets from tasting the flowers.
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    Prefer pet-friendly flowers. There are many pet-friendly flowers available. For example, the following are non-toxic:

    • Snapdragons
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    • Sunflowers
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    • Most ferns
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    • Most ivy
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    • The rose - one of the safest flowers is also the most romantic; just make sure to trim the thorns.
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Tips

  • Encourage friends and family with pets to learn about the possible dangers by forwarding them this article.

Things You'll Need

  • Florist's advice
  • Pet-friendly flowers
  • Out-of-reach places for keeping pet-dangerous flowers

Article Info

Categories: Pet Hazards