Now that spring has arrived, many of us are welcoming tulips, daffodils, and other perennials to our gardens. After a gray and gloomy winter, the bright blooms are a glorious sight!
Local stores and greenhouses are overflowing with colorful flowers, creating the yearly hustle to get pots and beds planted to adorn our homes. It's hard to believe that these beautiful posies could cause our pets harm, but, sadly, many can cause intestinal upset, and some can lead to death.
When making your shopping list, here are some spring plants that can cause serious harm to your four-legged family member. If you have any of these perennials/bulbs planted where your fur-kids can get to them, you might consider moving them to a different location.
Both blooms and leaves can result in kidney failure in cats. Many varieties, including peace lilies, calla lilies, and autumn crocus are dangerous to dogs, as well.
These beauties (including paperwhites and narcissus) contain lycorine that can be poisonous to pets. The toxins are primarily in the bulbs but leaves and blooms can also cause cardiac arrhythmias and convulsions.
Common in hanging baskets and pots, geraniums can cause skin rashes, low blood pressure, lethargy, and loss of appetite.
Like daffodils, most of the toxins in tulips reside in the bulbs, however, the rest of the plant can also cause vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive drooling.
Popular for their ease of growth, begonias can thrive in many conditions, but can cause serious burning and irritation of the mouth, tongue, and lips.
Ingesting any part of this plant can result in vomiting, seizures, and cardiac arrest.
For printable lists of toxic and non-toxic plants, visit ASPCA.org.