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10 Poisonous Plants for Pets by PetWell

10 Poisonous Plants for Pets


Australia is home to a wide variety of plants. But did you know some of these plants are poisonous for pets? Many of them are highly toxic and dangerous and can be found in gardens in any neighbourhood.

Undoubtedly, some of these plants are beautiful to look at, but it's crucial to understand which ones can make your pet sick. If they eat plants that contain poisonous or toxic substances, it could cause vomiting, diarrhoea, digestion, and respiratory problems. Eating some may even result in death.

So, what are the most common toxic and poisonous plants for pets? 

We have listed 10 of the most common plants found in many Australian gardens, but it’s very important to note the list of dangerous plants goes beyond this list.  

1. Poisonous Plant - Brunfelsia

Brunfelsia - 10 Poisonous Plants for Pets by PetWell

Dogs and cats may die if they consume this poisonous plant, especially the fruit that appears after flowering. Extremely dangerous for puppies.

2. Poisonous Plant - Tulips

Tulip 10 Poisonous Plants for Pets by PetWell

These flowers are very common. It’s the bulb of the plant that is most dangerous for pets. It can cause digestive issues. They may cause central nervous system depression, convulsions, or even death.

3. Poisonous Plant - Begonia

Begonia - 10 Poisonous Plants for Pets by PetWell

Another poisonous plant for dogs is the Begonia. Eating this garden flower can result in severe oral inflammation and irritation, drooling, and vomiting.

4. Poisonous Plant - Milkweed

Milkweed 10 Poisonous Plants for Pets by PetWell

A very toxic plant for dogs. Along with vomiting, diarrhoea, it will cause a dog to experience respiratory issues, possible liver failure, and even death.

5. Poisonous Plant - Azalea

Azalea - 10 Poisonous Plants for Pets by PetWell

All parts of the Azalea plant are poisonous to dogs when consumed. It can result in seizures, diarrhoea, vomiting, and potentially collapsing. It can even put your dog into a coma.

6. Poisonous Plant - Buttercup

Buttercup - 10 Poisonous Plants for Pets by PetWell

The pollen on this plant may get on your pet’s fur when they’re out playing. They can easily ingest it by cleaning their own paws. Causes digestive issues, ulcers in the mouth, seizures, and can cause dermatitis.

7. Poisonous Plant - Cyclamen

Cyclamen - 10 Poisonous Plants for Pets by PetWell

All parts of the Cyclamen are thought to be toxic, however, the roots are frequently where the most poisons are found. Can cause paralysis, digestive issues, and seizures.

8. Poisonous Plant - Daffodil

Daffodil - 10 Poisonous Plants for Pets by PetWell

This pretty plant is very common and can be found everywhere. The flowers and the bulb in particular are dangerous. It can cause vomiting, nausea, intestinal spasms, and low blood pressure. It can also lead to death. 

9. Poisonous Plant - Sago Palm

Sago Palm. - 10 Poisonous Plants for Pets by PetWell

These ornamental palms are popular in warmer climates. If your pet eats any part of this plant, it can make them very ill.  Every part of this plant is toxic and unfortunately, dogs find this plant very tasty. But it can cause serious digestive issues, multiple organ failure, and seizures.

10. Poisonous Plant - Liliums

Lily 10 Poisonous Plants for Pets by PetWell

Particularly harmful to cats are all Lilium species. All parts of the plant, including the bulbs, leaves, and flowers, are poisonous to dogs and cats. This applies to both the garden plants and the cut flowers in your home.  It can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, heart failure, and seizures.  

NOTE: If your pet consumes any of the mentioned plants, take them to the veterinarian immediately for treatment. 

To learn more about toxic and poisonous plants for pets, click through the references below. article

ABC news - common plants dangerous to dogs and cats

Read more for Top Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy

PetWell DIGEST Digestion Relief Supplement and Treats for Dogs and Cats

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this email and website are not to be taken as medical advice. The team at Pet Squad Pty Ltd trading as PetWell encourages you to make your own pet healthcare decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified pet healthcare professional.

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