Our pets are curious by nature, but not everything they explore is harmless. There are some natural hazards our pets face in the form of the plants we see throughout the year.
Different plants flower at different times of year, although their bulbs and seeds may always be present. Our lists below show when they are likely to flower.
Like all toxic substances, how badly your pet will be affected depends how much of the plant your pet has eaten. Some plants are more poisonous than others and so a small amount will cause severe signs. Others are less toxic but it’s still best to avoid them.
This list is not necessarily comprehensive. If your pet has eaten anything they shouldn’t have, or you’re worried about them at all, it’s best to get in touch with your vet straight away. They’ll be happy to advise you of the level of risk to your pet and how urgent it is that they are seen.
Poisonous plants in spring
Make sure your pet doesn’t get their paws on any plants with bulbs while you’re organising your garden for spring, as many of them can be poisonous. There’s also a few other plants you’ll want to make sure your pet doesn’t take a snack on.
- Azalea/Rhododendron: (Rhododendron spp) Highly poisonous to cats and dogs, even if just a few leaves are eaten.
- Daffodil: (Narcissus) All parts of the daffodil are harmful. Dogs sometimes eat the bulbs, but even a small bite can kill a small animal. Even drinking the water in which cut daffodils have stood is potentially hazardous.
- Geranium: (Pelargonium spp) All parts of geraniums are poisonous to both dogs and cats. Also present in summer.
- Hyacinth: (Hyacinthus orientalis) The bulbs are poisonous to both cats and dogs.
- Hydrangea: (Hydrangea) Bulbs are toxic to both cats and dogs as they contain cyanide. Also present in summer and autumn.
- Iris and gladioli: (Iridaceae) All parts of these are toxic, but the bulb is most dangerous as it contains a higher concentration of chemicals.
- Ragwort: (Senecio jacobaea) All parts of this plant are poisonous, and even small doses can be fatal to cats and dogs. Also present in summer and autumn.
- Rhubarb: (Rheum) Rhubarb leaves are poisonous to dogs and cats, whether they are cooked or raw. Also present in summer.
- Snowdrops: (Galanthus) While all the plant is toxic, usually the bulbs are most toxic to pets. Also present in winter.
- Tulip: (Tulipa) The bulbs are the most toxic, however all parts of the plant can be toxic in large quantities.
Poisonous plants in summer