Deadly common flowers dog owners need to remove from their homes

By Staff

An aquarium expert has issued a warning to all pet owners wanting to decorate their homes and gardens with flowers ready for the warmer months, saying there are a good few you need to avoid to ensure your pet’s health

As winter recedes, everyone looks forward to the spring flowers appearing in the woods, fields, and their gardens. However, while they may be beautiful to look at, some can be harmful to pets, so it’s important to be aware of what plants are and aren’t dangerous for your pets before you bring them into your home or plant them in your garden.

Minnie B Miller, an aquarist and the creator of FishinAquarium, has shared the most common flowers that could harm your pets – including peace lilies, tulips, and chrysanthemums.

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Peace Lilies

These easy-to-care-for plants must not be consumed by cats or dogs, as they contain calcium oxalate crystals. Ingestion of peace lilies or their pollen can lead to symptoms such as excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulties in swallowing, and irritation of the lips, tongue, and mouth.

Minnie says, “You should also keep these plants away from your aquarium. If the crystals enter the water and are swallowed by fish, they can cause irritation, severe stomach problems, and respiratory issues.”


Hyacinths are another member of the Lily family you need to avoid. They contain alkaloids (especially in the bulb) that are toxic to dogs and cats.

Ingestion can cause intense vomiting, tremors, and bloody diarrhea, as well as increases in your pet’s heart rate, which can induce rapid breathing or other respiratory issues.


The whole of a tulip plant poses a risk to cats and dogs, but particularly the bulb. If swallowed, it can cause loss of appetite, seizures, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and cardiac abnormalities.


With chrysanthemums, the toxins you need to be aware of are called pyrethrins. If your dog or cat eats this plant, they may experience gastric issues, lack of appetite, and drooling. Larger quantities can induce depression and loss of coordination.


Kalanchoe can upset the stomachs and heart rhythms of cats and dogs. Amaryllis can induce abdominal pain, tremors, vomiting, and diarrhea. Sweet peas contain aminopropionitrile, which can cause weakness and lethargy in cats and dogs. In severe cases, it can generate seizures or even kill your pet.

Always do your research before planting or when you’re given plants or freshly cut flowers as a gift. Your pet could be harmed by anything from the nuts and leaves to the berries, seeds, or sap. With care and attention, you can enjoy having plants without putting your beloved pets at risk.

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