Posted 24th Jan 2018 by Peter Byrne
The plants in your garden may look pretty, but they could be deadly to your pet, garden experts have warned
Online shed retailer BillyOh.com have compiled a list of the ten most dangerous plants that could pose a risk to our pets.
Tomatoes and potatoes can prove to be dangerous if they're eaten green and unripe, though it's mainly the toxic leaves that will damage cats and dogs.
The common foxtail weed is largely impossible to avoid, but pet owners should check their animals on a regular basis and uproot it if it happens to appear in the garden.
A spokesperson for BillyOh.com said: "A plant can be absolutely beautiful and fragrant, but very dangerous for a beloved cat or dog."
"So, when you’re deciding which plants to put in your garden, or even a pot in the house, do check first to make sure it isn’t toxic to your pets."
"If your pet shows any sign of having ingested poison, such as vomiting, diarrhoea, weakness or confusion, seek veterinary assistance straight away."
The ten plants that could poison your pet are:
Every part of the lily will be poisonous to a cat - even one leaf or petal can leave them feeling very ill. Some parts can be poisonous to dogs too, and in some cases, horses.
As a member of the lily family, it's perhaps not surprising that tulips are also toxic to cats, dogs and horses. The toxins tulipalin A and tulipalin B are found within tulip bulbs, and if you think your pet has eaten any part of the plant, you should seek veterinary assistance immediately.
Azeleas are a type of rhododendron, and contain a poisonous substance called grayanotoxin, which causes vomiting, diarrhoea, and in more severe cases, blindness and comas in cats and dogs.
4 Castor Beans
Have you heard of ricin? It's a well-known poison which is present in the bean of the castor oil plant - although parts of the plant are toxic too. Even tiny amounts can be poisonous to a cat or dog, and result in twitching, tremors, seizures, comas or even death.
Foxtails are spikelets which carry the seeds of the foxtail grass. Barbed, they are meant to burrow into the ground to germinate, but this also means they could penetrate an animal's body, thus damaging internal organs. The ears are another vulnerable spot. It's virtually impossible to avoid this common weed, but you should check your pet's body on a regular basis (particularly entry points such as the ears, mouth and eyes). You should also uproot (and not mow) any foxtails you see in the garden.
6 Heavenly Bamboo
Also called sacred bamboo or the Nandina plant, this produces red berries that are very pretty, but also dangerous. Containing cyanogenic glycosides, they release hydrogen cyanide when chewed.
7 Autumn Crocus
Don't confuse this with the spring crocus (which still causes vomiting and diarrhoea). The entire Autumn Crocus is toxic, and can cause liver and kidney damage, along with seizures and death.
8 Sago Palm
These ornamental houseplants will prove poisonous to cats and dogs. Again, the whole plant is dangerous, but the nuts are particularly deadly. If you think there is a chance your pet could have ingested some, take it to the vet immediately.
Unripe, green or raw potatoes are dangerous to dogs, and the leaves are also toxic. If you want to grow potatoes, make sure you do this in a place your pet can't get at them.
The leaves are toxic to cats and dogs, so avoid growing them, or ensure your animals are unable to get to them.