Five Garden Plants that are Toxic to Pets

Your backyard garden or landscaping might look beautiful, but don’t forget that it may contain plants that are harmful to our furry friends! Here, a Holt veterinarian lists five common garden plants that your pet should stay away from.


It may surprise you to learn that the very common tulip plant can cause adverse health reactions in pets, including vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and excessive salivation. The bulb of the tulip is the most toxic part, but ingesting any part of the plant can lead to these symptoms. If tulips grow in your garden, keep your pet away from them.


Like the tulip, the bulb area of a common daffodil is the most dangerous part of the plant. It can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and excess salivation. Consuming a large amount of daffodils can lead to other severe symptoms in a pet, including convulsions, heart murmurs, and low blood pressure. If your pet is the curious type, remember to watch out in case he decides to munch on these common flowers.


Chrysanthemums contain poisons known as pyrethrins, which may induce drooling, diarrhea, and vomiting. If a pet eats enough mums, depression and loss of coordination could also result. Check your garden to see if mums are planted there, and take care to keep your pet a safe distance away.


Rhododendron, more commonly known as azalea, contain grayantoxins, substances that can produce vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, and depression in household pets. Severe cases of azalea poisoning have even been known to lead to death, so do whatever is necessary to remove these plants from your garden or yard.


Many members of the lily family are very toxic to cats. Ingesting any part of the plant, and even a small amount, can lead to kidney damage, vomiting, and diarrhea. Although most cats won’t go out of their way to eat a lily, play it safe and keep them away.

If you suspect or witness your pet consuming anything you think may be hazardous, don’t hesitate to call your Holt veterinarian. Quick veterinary care is the best way to get your pet back on all fours!

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