Aussies love their pets and go to great lengths to make them happy. A recent survey by Canstar found more than 60 per cent of households spend almost $1500 a year on their animals.
“Our furry friends aren’t just pets, they are special family members.
“Therefore, it’s important to know what plants could potentially have negative effects on our furry companions,” Angie Thomas, Horticulture Consultant to Yates, said.
To help educate pet owners across Australia on plants that can be potentially poisonous to animals Ms Thomas put together a practical list of plants to watch out for with pets.
- Chrysanthemum: Whilst they make the perfect gift for humans, chrysanthemum daisies should be kept away from curious pets as both their leaves and flowers can be harmful if ingested.
- Tomato plants: If you’re growing tomatoes in your backyard, it’s wise to make sure these are securely fenced from your pets. Although it’s safe for your pet to eat small amounts of ripe tomatoes, green stems, leaves and unripe fruit contain solanine - which can be extremely harmful to dogs and cats if ingested in large amounts.
- Chives: Although chives are delicious for us to eat, they can be toxic to our furry friends. Try growing chives in a pot, out of the reach of inquisitive cats and dogs.
- Lilies: These may be beautiful and fragrant flowers, however they are poisonous to felines. Types of lilies that are dangerous to our cats include peace, Easter, daylily, Japanese and Asiatic lilies.
- Hydrangea: This flowering plant contains toxins in both its leaves and flowers which can upset your pets stomach and cause them to become lethargic. If you’re worried your four legged friend may nibble on this plant, it’s best to grow hydrangeas in areas they can’t access.
- Devil’s Ivy: This is an extremely common indoor plant, however if ingested, devil’s ivy can make it hard for pets to breathe and swallow. If you would like to grow this leafy plant at your place, ensure it’s where your curious pets can’t reach.