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Is your Valentine's bouquet a danger to your pet?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Gentleman (or ladies!), do you treat your loved one to a beautiful bunch of flowers on the most romantic day of the year? They can certainly brighten up the house and put a big smile on someone’s face, but could the particular bloom you’ve purchased pose a danger to your pets?

Many owners aren’t aware that certain plants and flowers are actually toxic to pets, and scarily enough, the list is apparently over 700 plants long! So here’s a few that may crop up in the Valentine’s flower sales:

The most obvious is, of course, lilies. This spectacular flower is gorgeous to look at, but it is extremely toxic to cats. Whether they have chewed on the plant or brushed against the pollen and cleaned themselves, it can cause kidney failure pretty quickly.

Did you know that daffodils are poisonous to dogs? Every part of the daffodil, in particular the bulb, is very dangerous if eaten by your canine and can even be fatal. So take care if you have some sprouting in your garden when spring finally arrives as well.

Avoid a bouquet of begonias, these are toxic to both cats and dogs and have been known to cause an intense burning of the mouth and throat. Carnations aren't the most dangerous but can cause mild digestive upsets, so it’s best to avoid if possible.

A lovely bunch of colourful tulips can also be toxic to pets causing gastrointestinal pain, increased heart rate and breathing difficulties, although please be aware that it is the bulbs that actually cause the most problems.

Are you now thinking, what on earth am I allowed to get for Valentine’s Day? Well you needn't fret, the most traditional and favourite flower at this time of year is safe. We are of course talking about roses! So sorry guys you have no excuses J

If you think your pet may have ingested something they shouldn’t or are unsure if a plant is safe to have around the house, please contact your local Highcroft branch as soon as possible. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry!


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