Some of our most beautiful plants can be very toxic for your pets, cats as well as dogs. Especially for kittens and puppies when going through a teething stage, as they like to chew on everything when given the opportunity.  Chewing leaves and branches soothes their teeth and gums but is often a stage they will grow out of. Fencing off potentially dangerous plants will remove the immediate threat however training your fur babies as they mature to not chew garden plants or indoor plants, has to be your end goal.

The risk is not all just about digesting plant material, rolling on a plant, or just touching them can cause allergic reactions or skin irritation. If you suspect a plant has made your fur friend sick or uncomfortable, be sure to take them straight to the vet with a sample of the potential plant for identification. This will make it easier for your veterinarian to provide specific treatment for your pet.

Also, it’s important to consider the pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, and the lawn fertilisers that you use in your garden which can also be toxic for your pets. It’s always best to restrain your pets whilst using these garden products ensuring no threat to your pet once they are released back into the garden.

By being aware and taking precautions you can keep enjoying your favourite plants and keep your fur friends safe at the same time. Placing indoor plants up on furniture will stop your puppy from accessing them and netting can keep the cats safe too.  So don’t think you have to remove all your greenery when getting a new pet, with some small adjustments everyone can enjoy a green life.


Take a look at this great guide from RSPCA Queensland outlining the dangerous plants you should be on the lookout for, for your pet.