by Lauren Lovan, Grant & Communication Specialist, Yavapai Humane Society
Did you know there are houseplants that are not the best for your pet friend to be around? It’s easy to go to the store and pick out something that looks pretty for our indoor spaces, but we should be looking beyond the glorious colors and shapes.
Here are the top three plants that should not be in your home or within reach of your animal buddies.
These plants have beautiful pink flowers that beckon you in, but they contain a deadly toxin called cyclamen, which, when ingested, will lead to vomiting, excessive salivation, diarrhea, seizures, heart complications and death. This plant is dangerous for dogs, cats and even fish.
Aloe vera is good for humans, as it heals scratches and itches, soothes sunburns, and reduces the redness in scars. Unfortunately, this helpful plant is not so great for our dogs and cats. The yellow sap found in the aloe plant is called aloin and when eaten, causes red urine, shaking, diarrhea and vomiting. If you wish to have this plant for its many beneficial uses, then take care to place it outdoors and out of reach of your animals.
Lilies are extremely harmful to cats as they cause kidney failure and if not treated immediately death. Any part of the plant, no matter how much is consumed, will cause this reaction. These flowers are unique eye catchers, but they should not be in your home if your furry friend is a meower.
The next time you’re out searching for an awesome houseplant and you’re not sure of the harmful elements it may contain, ask your vet or give Yavapai Humane Society a call at 928-445-2666, and you will find the information you need quickly. Here’s to keeping our pets safe and healthy by staying informed.