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July 18, 2014

Plants That May Poison Your Pets

Keep your pets safe from dangerous plants in your house and yard

  • Grass is a safe snack for your pets, but a surprising number of plants are dangerous. Elizabeth Bergstom/The HSUS

More than 700 plants have been identified as producing physiologically active or toxic substances in sufficient amounts to cause harmful effects in animals.

Poisonous plants produce a variety of toxic substances and cause reactions ranging from mild nausea to death.

Certain animal species may have a peculiar vulnerability to a potentially poisonous plant. Cats, for instance, are poisoned by any part of a lilly.


Download our list of plants that are poisonous to pets (PDF)

Our list of some of the common plants that may produce a toxic reaction in animals provides a guide to those plants that have been generally identified as being capable of producing a toxic reaction. We recommend that you print it and keep it in an accessible place.

Learn more about plants that could be dangerous to pets at the ASPCA's Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants page

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