Some Toxic Plants and their Effects on Your Pets

April 3, 2017 by Ralph Massetti in

Us Geniuses agree, our pets are like family to us. If your pets are that important to you, make sure you aren’t planting anything that could be toxic to them. There are many different household plants which can have adverse reactions to your pets that don’t affect us in the slightest; similar to how people love chocolate, but you should never give any to your favorite canine friend! Here are some of the most common plants that you’d never think could hurt our furry family members.

Aloe – Aloe contains “purgatives”, which are medications that encourage bowel movements. If your dog or cat eats this plant, it can induce vomiting or diarrhea. If an animal continues to eat these plants for a long period of time, it can lead to nutritional deficits and other side effects like depression or Anorexia!

Lilies – Many kinds of lilies are poisonous to cats, and some to dogs as well! Watch out for lily of the valley, which is toxic to both species. Some of the more toxic strains of lily for cats include tiger, day, Asiatic hybrid, Easter, Japanese Show, rubrum, stargazer, red, western and wood lilies.

Bird of paradise – This plant is toxic to both cats and dogs, and can cause mild nausea, vomiting, and drowsiness. If you care for these plants, make sure they are out of reach of your fuzzy family members.

Daffodil – Daffodil can cause a litany of stomach issues. If your pet ingests too much, it can lead to tremors and convulsions, low blood pressure, and heart attacks! For pets, the bulbs of this plant are the most poisonous plants. It might be best to skip this flower altogether.

Morning Glory – These common flowers will definitely upset your pet’s stomach. If your dog or cat ingests too much, however, it can even cause anemia and liver failure! This is a no-go for a household with many outdoor pets.

This is just a short list of some of the more common toxic plants. There are many more, including Hyacinth, Holly, Elephant’s ear, Foxglove, and English ivy to name a few. If you are interested in finding out which plants are poisonous, you can check out the Pet Poison Helpline’s website or the ASPCA’s online directory of toxic and non-toxic plants.

Make sure to share these tips with your friends and family so they can better understand how to protect their pets! At the Genius Truck, we help protect your smallest family members by creating a safe, clean environment for your pets in your own backyard. If you’d like to learn more about our Pet Waste services, visit us online at, or call us at 877-ONE-TRUK.

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Ralph Massetti

Ralph Massetti is President & CEO of The Genius Truck and originally conceived of the idea to combine 7 essential services into 1 service model. He is a passionate advocate of the franchise model and perfecting field operations for The Genius Truck.