Natural Gardening: Plants Your Pets Shouldn’t Eat

Have you ever wondered why little Fifi…Fofo…Fumfum, or whatever you call your dog, comes into the house and pees all over your precious Persian rug?

Possible causes: motion sickness, an infection, allergies or food poisoning, heat stroke or plant poisoning.

It’s interesting what some animals can eat and not be affected. Camels eat prickly cacti, seabirds eat ocean plastic (source: National, rats eat electrical wires from cars, and of course rhinos eat Volkswagens.

“In general, dogs are more affected than cats, partly because they eat almost anything, while cats are somewhat protected because they are pickier,” according to researchers from the University of Milan.

Eating the wrong food can cause vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, profuse drooling, rapid breathing and seizures in pets; in extreme cases, even death. Of course, it depends on how much is consumed.

Before offering your furry family member a sample of your dish, make sure you’re not sharing foods that could cause a serious health problem.

“Several foods that are perfectly suitable for human consumption can be toxic to dogs and cats,” according to researchers in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science.

“Sometimes owners unknowingly feed these harmful foods to their dogs and cats, but many times, pets ingest these foods by accident.” The researchers found that “…reported cases of pet poisoning have involved chocolate and chocolate-based products, plant foods in the Allium genus (including onions, garlic, leeks, and chives), macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, foods sweetened with xylitol (for example, sugar-free chewing gum), ethanol in alcoholic beverages and unbaked bread dough.” (Raw dough creates alcohol in the stomach.)

However, not all pets have the same reactions to these foods, according to the magazine.

Even with the use of a jackhammer, macadamia nuts are difficult nuts to crack. It is not clear how much of these nuts can cause health problems. Our dog head would often find these nuts on the ground and open them with ease. He suffered no apparent side effects. He also ate gophers. He lived to be 200 years old.

Apples, apple trees, apricots and plum trees are also toxic to dogs, cats and horses. Dogs can eat apples, but first remove the toxic seeds and core.

Cherry seeds contain cyanide and are toxic to dogs. Also, the pit of peaches and pears contains cyanide; first cut completely around the well.

Although the ripe fruit of the tomato plant is considered safe for dogs, the green parts of the plant contain a toxic substance called solanine (Pet Poison Hotline). However, the family dog ​​would have to eat a large amount of tomato plant to get sick.

Sago palms contain a toxin that can cause liver failure. All parts are poisonous, especially the seeds.

Ingesting just two seeds can cause diarrhea, seizures, and liver failure.

Azaleas and rhododendrons contain toxins that can cause vomiting and cardiovascular collapse.

All parts of the gorse are toxic and can cause drooling, diarrhea and abnormal heart function.

Castor beans contain ricin, a very powerful toxin.

Chrysanthemums, which contain pyrethrin, and kalanchoe can cause gastrointestinal problems and loss of coordination.

Also, according to the Pet Poison Hotline, asparagus ferns can cause skin irritation if your pet brushes against them. Eating the berries can cause gastrointestinal problems.

The leaves, pit and skin of avocados contain the toxin, persin.

Citrus fruits contain high levels of citric acid. Although lemons, limes, and oranges are safe for humans, they are highly toxic to canines and felines.

Some herbs that are toxic to cats and dogs include borage, chamomile, lavender, peppermint, and oregano.

Other plants that can poison your pets according to include bird of paradise, carnation, clematis, cyclamen, daisy, eucalyptus, foxglove, gardenia, hemlock, hosta, hydrangea, lobelia, milkweed, nightshades, peony, periwinkle, primrose and primrose , tobacco tree, vinca, wisteria and cassava.

Some toxic holiday plants are Christmas cactus, holly, mistletoe, and poinsettias.

Common indoor plants that can cause problems for pets are aloe, cactus, caladium, English ivy, jade, philodendron, pothos, snake plant, begonia, dieffenbachia, the dracaena, the geranium, the rubber plant and the lantana.

Almost all plants that grow from bulbs or corms are poisonous to your pet. These include amaryllis, bluebells, crocus, daffodils, hyacinths, irises and tulips.

To cats, the entire lily plant is toxic: the stem, leaves, flowers, pollen, and even the water in a vase, according to the FDA.

To protect your pets, choose your plants carefully. Place them out of reach. Pick up any fallen leaves or petals from around your plants. Consider repellent products for dogs and cats. provides an extensive, printable list of toxic and non-toxic plants for pets.

If you suspect your pet has ingested a toxic substance, contact your veterinarian immediately or call the ASPCA’s 24-hour emergency poison hotline at 1-888-426-4435.

Your Persian rug can be replaced. Your pet cannot.