Spring is finally here…

Bringing its blooming flowers, vibrant hues and some much needed sunshine. But with it also come renewed dangers for our furry friends. 

While the spring flowers look pretty in our gardens, the park and even in our homes… 

Some of them can be harmful, even poisonous to your beloved cats and dogs.  Especially if these are accidentally ingested. 

So here’s what to look out for. 

Daffodils, Hyacinths, and Tulips

These garden centre favourites may add charm to your garden and home…

But they pose a threat to your cats and dogs if ingested, as they contain toxins. 

The bulbs are the most concerning parts of these plants. So make sure your pet can’t dig those up. 

What’s more, if your pet drinks water from the flower vase, that might irritate them as well. 

So be mindful of where you place any flower arrangements indoors. 

Crocus, Cyclamen, and Bluebells

Often found in woodland areas. These can also be particularly toxic to pets if ingested.

Especially for dog owners, be mindful during your dog walks. Making sure your pup doesn’t snack on anything they’re not supposed to. 

Luckily, a large amount of these flowers would have to be eaten, to cause severe reactions. 

Foxglove, Azalea, and Rhubarb Leaves 

Foxglove contains cardiac glycosides. 

These blends can cause irregular heartbeats and even heart failure in pets. 

While azaleas, which you can find growing under trees, are highly toxic. 

Leading to vomiting, diarrhoea, and weakness. 

As for rhubarb… It might be great for pies, but its leaves can cause drooling, digestive issues, and potential kidney damage.

Signs And Symptoms

Signs of ingestion in cats and dogs are quite similar. 

These may include drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea, weakness, and abdominal pain.

You should also keep an eye out for symptoms such as:

Lethargy, vomiting, diarrhoea, difficulty breathing, tremors, seizures, irregular heartbeat, weakness, and abdominal discomfort.

What to Do

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If you suspect your pet has ingested any of these plants, contact your vet straight away. 

Time is of the essence to minimise the effects of the toxins. 

Just remember to not attempt to induce vomiting yourself. As it may worsen your pet’s condition. 

It’s also important to provide your vet with as much information as possible.

What plan has your cat or dog eaten? Do you know how much? 


As spring blooms around us, let’s not forget to protect your pets from risks in your gardens and homes. 

Be vigilant. And take immediate action if your pet does eat any spring plants they’re not supposed to… 

So you can ensure a safe, stress-free and happy season for you and your furry companions.