Choosing the Right Flowers for Your Home if you Have Pets

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The ASPCA recommends that people with companion animals living in their home be careful about the flowers kept in the house, or in the garden. If you have pets, do you know which flowers are safe for you to have around your animal friends and which have the potential to cause serious harm?

Because we love flowers, and animals, we want to share with you some of the best flowers to keep in your home if you have pets and tell you which ones might be toxic if you don’t know. It’s completely possible to reside harmoniously with plants and furry critters; it simply takes a bit of planning to get the right balance so do consider setting aside some time to think things through.

Animals can be curious, and they can find their way into areas (and things) that we never thought they’d get into. To help you arrange your flowers and home so that your furry friends stay unharmed, refer to the following guide to animal-friendly and potentially dangerous blooms.

Flowers that are Safe for Animals

The stems and petals of the following flowers are animal friendly and safe for pets:

  • African daisy
  • African violet
  • Alyssum
  • Bachelors buttons
  • Celosia
  • Common snapdragon
  • Easter daisy
  • Orchids
  • Peruvian lily
  • Brazilian lily
  • Rose

Flowers that are Toxic to Dogs and Cats

Don’t keep these flowers in your home, or yard, if you have dogs or cats. Even if you place these blooms up high, the flower petals may fall and your dog may eat them. And cats, well cats seem to get into whatever they want so it’s best to not have the following flowers anywhere in your house.

  • Tulips
  • Azalea
  • Bird of paradise
  • Aloe
  • Begonias
  • Baby’s breath
  • Amaryllis
  • Easter lilies
  • Stargazer lilies

Choose Non-Toxic Flowers if You’re Giving a Bouquet as a Gift

If you’re giving a bouquet as a gift, it’s a good idea to consider whether or not your recipient has companion animals living at home with them. If so, refer to the lists above so that you can make flower choices that will truly benefit your giftee.

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