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Common backyard plants that are dangerous to pets

3rd Jul '16 • By Emily Ayers

If you’re a pet owner, you will know that all plants are not safe for your little furry friends. Dogs and cats have a habit of eating strange things. Dogs usually chew anything left on the floor; whereas cats love to bite items that are made of wool or plastic. Just like these items, some plants are fatal for dogs and cats. To keep your pets safe, you should remove or make sure these common plants are out of reach. Here are the top 6 plants that are toxic to pets.


#1 Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is known for its skincare and healing benefits. Unfortunately, aloe vera is extremely toxic to pets. Aloe Vera can cause tremors, vomiting, diarrhea, depression, change in urine shade and anorexia in cats and dogs.


#2 Lilies
Lilies are a beautiful plant that is usually gifted in a flower arrangement. However, if cats get a hold of this plant whether it be in a vase or in the garden, the symptoms can be fatal. Signs your cat has eaten a Lillie start with seizers, if this occurs immediately take your pet to an emergency vet.


#3 Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow
These attractive violet toned flowers come to life during the spring and summer months. Unfortunately, this plant contains two toxins; a depressant and a stimulant which can be found throughout the plant.  Severe symptoms when ingested include; vomiting, tremors and seizers.


#4 Wandering Jew
Wandering Jew can be found in numerous backyards and is considered a weed and thus tends to spread. This plant can cause rashes, which can lead to callouses in dogs and cats.


#5 Carnations
Though carnations are not the most dangerous plant in this list, it can cause many health issues to pets. This includes mild dermatitis and mild gastrointestinal signs. It is always wise to keep the plant away from pets.


#6 Castor Bean
Castor Bean is a common landscaping plant that can be found in public spaces and parks. The plant can cause excessive thirst, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, weakness and seizures in your furry friend. In severe cases, castor bean can lead to a coma and even death.


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