Blue hydrangeas in bloom.

We are fast approaching spring, one of New Jersey’s finest seasons. Squeezed in between winter’s frigid ice storms and summer’s breeze-less humidity, spring is the perfect time to enjoy our state’s natural beauty. 

Most pet owners know about the dangers associated with Easter lilies, but there are so many more plants that are poisonous to pets. Don’t worry: we’ve got your bases covered.

Paws Off!

The Humane Society created this list of poisonous plants that is worth consulting if you’re ever unsure of what’s around your pet, or worse, something they’ve already gotten into. 

With this list, you’ll be able to see the plant name, what type of plant it is (tree, flower, fruit, shrub, houseplant, etc.), and what part is toxic (the flower, seed, pod, etc.). Additionally, the ASPCA’s list of toxic plants is also a good resource.

Something’s… Off

Knowing the signs of pet poisoning remains a high priority. Be sure to note any changes to your pet’s behavior, and act quickly if they are vomiting, salivating, having trouble walking or breathing, or are showing signs of weakness. 

It’s crucial not to “wait and see” if your pet recovers from something they ate. Seek emergency care immediately

New Jersey’s Splendor

There are many toxic wildflowers that grow throughout the state, but landscaped garden beds can also contain plants that are poisonous to pets. These are the most common culprits:

  • Azalea
  • Begonia
  • Daffodil
  • Tulips
  • Calla lily
  • Amaryllis
  • Boxwood
  • Carnation
  • Hosta
  • Ivy
  • Hydrangea
  • Lavender
  • Lily-of-the-Valley
  • Wisteria
  • Hyacinth
  • Parsley
  • Morning Glory

Before you bring home plants for your garden, be sure they are non-toxic to your pets. One step further would be to train your pet not to sample plants while out for walks.

That’s Good, That’s Bad

Some pet owners figure out ways to keep plants that are poisonous to pets out of reach. Jade plant, elephant ears, snake plant, pothos, and more come with their own specific risks to pet safety. They require proper handling and pet-safe displays (off the ground or furniture accessed by your pet, or hung from the ceiling).

Safe Alternatives

It can be close to impossible to keep your pet away from plants. Indeed, many cats and dogs just love greenery! To satisfy their cravings, plant the following pet-safe plants inside the home or in the backyard:

  • Catnip
  • Cat grass
  • Cat thyme
  • Dandelion root
  • Licorice root
  • Cat’s claw
  • Chamomile
  • Goldenseal
  • Rosemary

Plants That Are Poisonous to Pets

They may look beautiful and harmless, but there are many plants that are poisonous to pets. They could be growing just beyond your threshold, around the corner, up the trail, or even on your windowsill. Closely observe your pet’s behavior and help them steer clear of potentially toxic (and even fatal) plants. 

Try not to bring home bouquets with toxic flowers and be aware of the numerous houseplants that are risky if chewed on. 

If you have any questions about other plants that are poisonous to pets, your friends at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital are always here for you.