Spring conjures up images of blossom, birds singing, and flowers blooming. Unfortunately, it’s not as sweet and cheery for our furry companions. Some of the spring plants that grow in your garden or bloom in your vases can actually be dangerous for our four-legged friends. For that reason, it’s vital for animal guardians to be extra vigilant about keeping certain spring blooms away from their homes and gardens. Here are some spring plants that can be harmful to your cats and dogs.

Daffodils

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Typically one of the first plants to bloom in spring, daffodils contain lycorine and other alkaloids that can be highly poisonous to both cats and dogs. Also known as jonquils, narcissus, and paper whites, these plants can lead to salvation, vomiting, and diarrhea if ingested. However, things could get much worse for your canine or feline companion if they consume large amounts of the plant, as this could lead to tremors, low blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, and convulsions. Yes, daffodils are lovely, but if you love your companions more, you need to keep them as far away as possible.

Lilies

Lilies are practically synonymous with spring but they’re certainly not synonymous with cat health. Members of the day lily and the true lily can cause kidney failure in felines. Even a tiny amount of exposure, like ingestion of pollen or a bite of a leaf is enough to result in kidney failure. Within a few hours of exposure to lilies, cats will vomit and become lethargic.

Tulips

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The toxins from tulips are mostly in the plant’s bulbs so if your cat prowls your flowerbeds or your dog is an avid digger, it’s a good idea to keep these plants out of your garden for good otherwise they could spell disaster for your furry friends. Signs of toxicity can include depression, diarrhea, salivation, and vomiting.

Sago Palms

Also known as Cycads, Zamia, and Macrozamia, Sago Palms are common ornamental plants which are also highly toxic to our companions. Ingestion of this plant can cause liver failure and death in cats and also dogs. Despite all parts of the plant being toxic, it’s the seeds that are the most toxic. Even just one seed is enough to cause death in a cat or dog. Vomiting typically starts within 24 hours, and then animals start to seizure. With a mortality rate of about 50 percent, Sago Palms are by far one of the most toxic plants. It’s estimated that up to 80 percent of animals will die after ingesting this planet, regardless of medical treatment. In other words, keep your furry friends far, far away!

Begonias

Because they’re generally easy to grow, produce beautiful blooms, and thrive in many conditions, Begonias are commonly found in many gardens and households. No matter how fond you are of this plant, you’re going to have to end your love affair if you’re a cat or dog guardian. The underground stem of the plant contains most of the toxins and can cause a number of problems if ingested by your companion. From serious burning in the mouth, tongue and lips to difficulty swallowing, these are just a few of the many side effects of Begonias plant consumption. So if you’re a cat or dog lover, be sure to keep these out of your garden!

Buttercups

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Skipping through a meadow of Buttercups with your dog might seem like a dream but in reality, it’s far less innocent. Ingesting this flower can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive salvation. And it’s not just dogs. Cats can suffer the same effects if they ingest Buttercups.

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Plants that are Safe for Your Furry Companions

While these are all beautiful plants and perfectly ok to have in your garden if your furry companions don’t go near them, it’s probably better to stick to other plants that are safe for them instead. Otherwise, you could end up with some serious consequences on your hands. That doesn’t, however, mean that you have to say no to plants completely. There are some plants that are perfectly safe for your companions, such as Spider Plants, Areca Palm, Baby Rubber Plant, Ponytail Palm, Prayer Plant, Lemon Button Fern and many more.

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