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Safe Gardening with Dogs and Cats: 12 Common Garden Plants Poisonous to Pets

Do you like to garden with pets? Dogs and cats can be great garden company and it’s important to keep them safe. I have had my fair share of four-legged garden helpers and I will say that some needed a lot of training to safely roam the garden, while others were able to work it out on their own. When I adopted a young Labrador Retriever, I quickly needed to learn which garden plants were safe for her to eat and which were not because she ate everything. This was very concerning until I learned about twelve common garden plants poisonous to pets. Tallulah Chocolate Lab

I watched my lab one day as she explored the peas. She has seen me pick a pea pod and eat it. I then fed one to her. She loved it! The next day, I went out to the garden to find her eating the entire pea patch in one sitting. I guess she had developed a taste for gardening.

As I looked around the garden, I knew that protecting my vegetable garden was hopeless, but that protecting her from poisonous plants was essential. I researched which garden plants could cause her harm and I was shocked by the results. Not only is the list long, but so many of these plants poisonous to pets are common in home gardens.Asiatic lily Black Beauty

While the term “poisonous plants” makes us think of rushing a comatose animal to the vet, many poisonous plants will only cause digestive upset or have an unpleasant flavor that will help the animal learn that not everything tastes as good as fresh garden peas.

I was told a story where a dog ate a bunch of ghost peppers off a backyard bush. Those peppers are not only hot but also dangerous for a dog to eat. The dog needed to spend a few days in the vet’s office and had to deal with terrible burning pain. Luckily, the dog made a full recovery and when he got back home, he wouldn’t even walk near the part of the yard that the peppers were growing in (even though the plant had been removed). This pup will surely be savvier in his future culinary adventures.

While there are some plants that will teach your pet a valuable lesson, there are others that you want to avoid altogether. I have researched and compiled a list of the 12 plants that you absolutely do not want Fido or Fluffy to eat and you can see it here on my eBay blog:

12 Common Garden Plants that are Seriously Poisonous to Pets

Learn which common garden plants are poisonous to pets

If your pet eats any garden plants that you are unsure of you should take them to the vet for a checkup, especially if you notice your pet acting strangely, seeming lethargic, or drooling. There are many toxic garden plants that can cause varying symptoms depending on pet size and amount ingested. Often, the poisoning is less serious. But to be safe, it’s a good idea to watch your pets and take them to a vet if there is any suspicion that they may have been poisoned.

Also see: Get Rid of These Common Houseplants That Can Poison Your Pets



About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Summer
    SummerSeptember 1,16

    Thanks for sharing this! I am surprised to know that Lilies are poisonous to pets ♥

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseSeptember 2,16

      Yes, and cats especially. It can be very serious. Thanks for visiting :)

  2. Sari Jenning
    Sari JenningSeptember 1,16

    I am a garden-lover and an animal-lover, too. Thanks for sharing this useful information. I used to think these plants as fine with my furry friends.
    I’m so happy if you have some time to check out my blog

  3. Claudia Phillips
    Claudia PhillipsSeptember 8,16

    Good information, but I think most pets know enough not to eat these plants. Animals have better senses than we do and usually know what is good for them and what is not. For example, they will eat certain types of grass when they need it. But surely there are some animals that don’t know what’s good for them and this information can be helpful to owners.

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseSeptember 8,16

      Hi Claudia, I wish that were true in my house! My lab would eat anything and had to be supervised in the garden at all times and I have a little 9lb dog who had a seizure before I looked into the toxicity of my houseplants. I always joked that these two mutts wouldn’t have survived a day in the wild. Oy!

  4. Tana Mason
    Tana MasonSeptember 9,16

    Thanks for sharing this information!! I love my four legged pets and my job is to keep them safe. Please come share this at our party! We would love to have you!

  5. Megan
    MeganSeptember 9,16

    So many things I wouldn’t know! I’ll have to share this with my gardener, aka my mom. I’ve got a black thumb! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

  6. Jana Vieth
    Jana ViethSeptember 18,16

    Hi Stephanie – I am so glad I read your article! I have three dogs, and your article made me stop and take a look at my flower garden. I have Milkweed planted in order to attract butterflies but will definitely remove this plant and substitute Bee Balm. Your identification of plants to use instead of the poisonous plants was a great addition to your article and so very beneficial to me. Thanks so much.

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseSeptember 19,16

      Hi Jana, you are very welcome! I’m glad that the alternative plant list was helpful. Best to you and your pack :)

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