Yates horticulture advice for domestic animals

Aussies loves their pets and go to great lengths to make them happy.

A recent survey by Canstar found over 60 per cent of households spend almost $1500 a year on their animals.

Our furry friends aren’t just pets, they are special family members.

Therefore, it’s important to know what plants could potentially have negative effects on our furry companions.

To help educate pet owners across Australia on plants that can be potentially poisonous to animals, I have put together a practical list of plants to watch out for with pets.

Chrysanthemum daisies

Whilst they make the perfect gift for humans, chrysanthemum daisies should be kept away from curious pets as both their leaves and flowers can be harmful if ingested.   

Tomato plants

Both the leaves and flowers of chrysanthemum daisies can be harmful to pets if ingested. Photo: Chamomile

Both the leaves and flowers of chrysanthemum daisies can be harmful to pets if ingested. Photo: Chamomile

If you’re growing tomatoes in your backyard, it’s wise to make sure these are securely fenced to prevent ingestion by your pets.

Although it’s safe for your pet to eat small amounts of ripe tomatoes, green stems, leaves and unripe fruit contain solanine.

Solanine can be extremely harmful to dogs and cats if ingested in large amounts.

Chives

Tomatoes' green stems, leaves and unripe fruit contain solanine, harmful to cats and dogs. Photo: Ray Mortim

Tomatoes' green stems, leaves and unripe fruit contain solanine, harmful to cats and dogs. Photo: Ray Mortim

Although chives are delicious for us to eat, they can be toxic to our furry friends.

Try growing chives in a pot, out of the reach of inquisitive cats and dogs.

Lilies

These may be beautiful and fragrant flowers, however they are poisonous to felines.

Types of lilies that are dangerous to our cats include peace, Easter, daylily, Japanese and Asiatic lilies.

Hydrangea

This flowering plant contains toxins in both its leaves and flowers.

These toxins can upset your pet’s stomach and cause them to become lethargic.

If you’re worried your four legged friend may nibble on this plant, it’s best to grow hydrangeas in areas they can’t access.

Devil’s Ivy

This is an extremely common indoor plant.

The plant has a multitude of common names including golden pothos, hunter's robe, ivy arum, money plant, silver vine, Solomon Islands ivy, taro vine, and devil’s ivy or vine.

However, if ingested, devil’s ivy can make it hard for pets to breathe and swallow.

If you would like to grow this leafy plant at your place, ensure it’s where your curious pets can’t reach.

  • To chat with a horticulturalist, head to yates.com.au or download the free My Garden App.
If ingested, devil’s ivy, a common house plant, can make it hard for pets to breathe and swallow. Photo: Oleiah

If ingested, devil’s ivy, a common house plant, can make it hard for pets to breathe and swallow. Photo: Oleiah