Experts warn to keep these popular Spring blooms away from your pets


Spring has arrived, and while we will see beautiful seasonal flowers bloom, we will also see more pet owners enjoying more time outside with their pooch, whether that’s in the garden or out on walks.

But did you know that some of the flowers and plants that appear in the spring can be harmful to pets? 

As we approach National Pet Day on the 11th April, Craig Wilson, co-founder, director, & in-house gardening expert at Gardeners Dream, has shared five popular spring blooms that you should keep away from your pets:

  1. Daffodils
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“Coined as one of the most welcoming signs of spring, these bright yellow blooms are in fact poisonous to both dogs and cats.”

“These plants contain a harmful compound called lycorine which can cause abdominal pain and diarrhoea. Though not common, in some severe cases, it can cause low blood pressure which can cause collapse, and if this happens, you should contact your vet immediately.”

“It is also important to note that your pet doesn’t have to consume this plant to be affected. Even exposure to vase water that contains daffodils can be toxic if drunk.”

  1. Tulips
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“These bright and cheery flowers are one of the first spring flowers to emerge after winter, but unfortunately, unlike many of the other blooms where the poison is mainly in the bulb, it is present in all parts of the tulip, such as the stem, the leaves, and the flower itself.”

“If consumed by your pooch, this could lead to all types of side effects, such as diarrhoea, hypersalivation, and even depression.”

  1. Hyacinths
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“Hyacinths are from the same family as the tulip, which contains similar compounds and can cause very similar symptoms.”

“Because of the high concentration in the plant bulb, when digested in large amounts, as well as irritation to the mouth and throat, it can cause vomiting, drooling, and respiratory problems in severe cases.”

  1. Irises
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“While you can’t deny their aesthetic appeal, these popular perennial plants can cause irritation if your pet swallows or touches them, and the primary toxic compound that can cause these unpleasant side effects is irisin. This compound is most concentrated in the bulb and underground stems, so these plants can be especially hazardous to pets that love to dig.”

  1. Bluebells 
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“A flower most prevalent in woodland areas, these deep violet blooms can transform any landscape, but as pretty as they are, they can cause problems for your pets. With all parts of the bluebell plant containing a toxic chemical called glycosides, this plant is not only harmful to dogs and cats but also to other animals like horses and cattle. If consumed, it can cause abdominal pain, muscle tremors, and even skin irritation.”

Craig comments further on the importance of doing your research before purchasing new plants to add to your garden as a pet owner: “If you are a pet owner, it is very important to do your research before purchasing plants to add to your garden. During all seasons, there are poisonous plants to watch out for, so if you are planning to add new plants to your garden, do your research ahead of time to educate yourself and avoid purchasing plants that can cause serious harm to your pets. If you are looking to plant some new blooms this spring, opt for non-toxic plants like sunflowers, roses, snapdragons, and asters, which are beautiful blooms that are pet-approved.”

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