Toxic Plants for your Pets

It’s easy to decide on what plants and flowers to keep inside your house and to plant outside in your garden when you don’t have any animals living in your home with you, but when you get a pet, you need to be cautious of what some of these plants could do to them. For curious cats and careless dogs trying to devour some of these plants, they could end up getting very sick, and the results could even be fatal. Here at Cypress Lawn & Landscape, we feel it is our duty to inform you of the most popular toxic plants for your pets, so we’ve compiled the following list:

Aloe Vera:

Many families keep aloe vera plants growing in pots their back yard or the house in case of burns or cuts. Aloe vera can be very soothing to humans, however if they are ingested by dogs or cats, they can have serious health effects. Signs that your pet may have ingested aloe vera include vomiting, diarrhea, large fluctuation in eating patterns, changes in urine color, and in some cases mild to moderate tremors.


A common garden staple, Azaleas are very beautiful, but very toxic to most animals. Azaleas are so toxic in fact that ingesting only a few leaves can have very serious repercussions. If you keep Azaleas in your garden, be sure to monitor your pets around them. Symptoms of Azalea consumption include diarrhea, foaming of the mouth, loss of appetite, or irregular breathing, and in some extreme cases a coma or death.


Daffodils mark the coming of spring, and are extremely pleasing to the eye. While offering a beautiful decorative feel to the bright, spring season, daffodils are very toxic to dogs and cats. While the entire plant is toxic, the bulbs are actually the most venomous part. Symptoms of ingesting a daffodil include vomiting, diarrhea, heavy salivation and in some cases low blood pressure, tremors, or convulsions.

While there are many plants that can cause harm to your pets, there are many, many more that are safe for you and your animal. For more information on what plants are toxic to your pets, and which ones are safe, contact Cypress Lawn & Landscape today.

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