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Hey there fellow pet and flower lovers! We all know how know how much we all want to create a safe and comfortable environment for our furry friends. And what better way to do that than by incorporating some greenery into our homes?
Not only do plants bring life and beauty to any room, they also provide numerous benefits for our pet's well-being. But before you go out and buy a whole garden of flowers, it's important to know which ones are safe for our pets. That's why I've put together this blog post all about the types of flowers and plants that are safe for pets, as well as some that should be avoided. So grab a cup of coffee and let's dive in!
Types of flowers & plants
When it comes to choosing plants that are safe for pets, the options are plenty! Herbs like basil, mint, and rosemary not only provide a fresh aroma to your home, they're also non-toxic to our four-legged friends.
Succulents and cacti are also great choices as they not only add a pop of colour, but they're also low maintenance and tough enough to withstand a curious pup's exploration.
Ferns are another great option, adding a touch of nature to any room, and daisies and marigolds are not only cheerful to look at, they're also safe for our pets to be around. So whether you want to create a pet-friendly herb garden or simply add a few flowers to brighten up your space, you have a ton of options to choose from!
Benefits of having safe plants around pets
Having plants around our pets is basically like creating a mini oasis for them right in your own home! It's like having your own little slice of nature, but with the added bonus of cute and cuddly animals.
Plus, let's be real, there's something so peaceful about basking in the sun while surrounded by lush greenery, with your furry friend snoozing away by your side.
And let's not forget, plants can also provide a little bit of entertainment for our pets, encouraging them to play and explore their surroundings. It's a win-win situation really: your home gets a boost of natural beauty, and your pets get a little something extra to keep them happy and healthy.
Precautions when choosing plants & flowers
Of course, when it comes to having plants around our pets, we also need to take some precautions to ensure their safety. First things first, it's always a good idea to consult with your veterinarian before bringing any new plants into your home.
It's also important to read plant labels and research the species to make sure they're pet-friendly. And if you have a particularly curious pet, it's a good idea to keep your plants out of their reach or even consider putting up a barrier to keep them away.
And let's be real, if your cat is anything like mine, they might still find a way to nibble on the leaves when you're not looking. So it's important to monitor your pet's behaviour around plants and make adjustments as necessary. With a little bit of caution, we can all enjoy a happy and healthy home with our furry friends and some beautiful plants.
Types of flowers that are unsafe for pets
As much as we love having plants and flowers around our pets, it's important to note that not all plants are pet-friendly. Here are some types of flowers that are unsafe for pets, and should be avoided:
These beautiful flowers are highly toxic to cats, causing kidney failure and death. All parts of the plant are dangerous, even the pollen that can be ingested by grooming.
While less severe, tulips can still cause vomiting, diarrhoea, and drooling in dogs and cats.
These sunny blooms contain lycorine, a toxic chemical that can cause vomiting, drooling, abdominal pain, and even heart arrhythmias.
These popular shrubs contain toxins that can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, difficulty breathing, and even coma or death in severe cases.
These showy blooms contain cyanide, which can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, and in severe cases, coma and death.
While these flowers are certainly lovely to look at, it's important to prioritize your pet's safety and avoid having these in your pet-friendly space.
And there we go! A guide to adding some beautiful greenery to your pet-friendly space. Adding some pet-friendly plants to your home is a great way to improve air quality, boost your mood, and keep your furry friends happy and healthy.
Just remember to do your research before bringing any new plants into your space, and to keep an eye on your pets' behaviour around them. With a little bit of care and caution, you can create a beautiful, safe, and fun environment for both you and your pets to enjoy.. So get out there and start planting!
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