Safe Flowers for Dogs & Cats

If you’re a plant-lover and you’ve heard that plants and pets don’t mix, fear not – there actually are some safe flowers for dogs and cats that, if ingested, won’t cause as much harm as others. 

Of course it’s important to remember that “any plant material can cause vomiting,” says Tina Wismer, Medical Director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. It’s just that certain types (like those listed below) are considered safer than others.

Some common safe flowers for dogs and cats include: 

  • Roses
  • Daisies
  • Tulips
  • Daffodils
  • Carnations
  • Alstroemeria
  • Asters
  • Sunflowers
  • Statice
  • Poms

On the other hand, people with cats should always steer clear of Lilies, since this type of flower (Lilium and Hemerocallis sp., specifically) are the most deadly to cats, says Wismer.

1. Keep in mind that just because those flowers are considered safer if consumed by your pet doesn’t mean you should leave them in areas that might encourage your pet to snack on them. Wismer suggests the following tips on keeping your fresh flowers safe from your pets:

2. Keep flowers up high enough so that your dog can’t easily reach them from the ground, couch, chairs or bed.

3. Remember that cats tend to be jumpers and climbers, so keep flowers in a separate room from where your cat frequently plays.

4. If your pet is simply too inquisitive to keep your flowers at bay, consider getting your fresh flower fix at work, instead of at home where your pets are.

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