Florists in Southwest Florida and around the country have put in extra orders and are stocking up for this weekend. However, before you purchase a bouquet for dear old mom, there is something you need to know if you have a dog. There are at least 5 Mother’s Day flowers that can poison your pet.

Flowers are one of the most popular gifts to give mom. They are generally easy to find in stores and are relatively inexpensive when compared to other potential gifts.

If you have a dog or cat, you know the potential for them to get into things. Leave a bouquet of flowers on the table and they could end up destroyed and all over the floor. Those flowers might look pretty, but some of their blooms, stems and leaves can contain toxins.

According to the folks at House Digest, this time of year shows a significant spike in online searches for whether or not certain flowers are toxic to dogs. Veterinarians love that people are actually thinking about pet safety while still honoring mom.

House Direct consulted with Dr. Kathryn Dench, MA, VetMB, and Chief Scientific Advisor at Paw Origins, and Dr. Kristi Crow for the floral insights found below.

These flowers won’t poison your pet

I like to start with the positive. Let’s take a look at flowers that are generally considered safe to be around your inquisitive pets. Dr. Crow recommends looking at bouquets with roses, orchids, sunflowers, snapdragons, zinnias, marigolds, and African violets among others.

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Roses are safe around pets. Keep scrolling for a list of flowers that can poison your pet.

If you are looking for a unique way to give those flowers, click here for a couple of fun DIY projects for Mother’s Day. You can even get the kids involved.

Finally, here are the 5 Mother’s Day flowers that can poison your pet and a few more to look out for.

  • Lillies

    Lilies are gorgeous springtime flowers. But. Dr. Dench warns, “They contain compounds like lycorine that can cause kidney failure, especially in cats.” She says if cats eat any part of a lily, it can be extremely dangerous. For dogs, eating the flowers can lead to stomach upset and lethargy. Avoid any kind of flower with lily in the name just to be safe.

    Multicolored calla lily flower, floral pattern, abstract background

  • Tulips

    Tulips are another gorgeous spring flower.  However, “The bulbs of tulips contain a compound called tulipalin A and B, which can cause a range of intense toxicity symptoms,” Dr. Dench shared. “These include gastrointestinal symptoms, such as stomach upset, drooling, and loss of appetite, as well as nervous system problems like sedation, convulsions, and cardiac abnormalities.” 

    A bunch of tulips on a table next to champagne glasses fiilled with mimosas

  • Foxgloves

    Foxgloves come in various shades and look great in bouqets. with distinctive markings. However,  Dr. Crow says they can cause serious health issues. “Foxglove contains cardiac glycosides, which can cause gastrointestinal upset, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, heart arrhythmias, and in severe cases, cardiac arrest in pets,” Best to exclude them from arrangements.

  • Daffodils

    Daffodils, with their trumpet-shaped blossoms and vibrant yellow petals contain alkaloids. Dr. Crow says they can cause gastrointestinal issues, drooling and vomiting. In severe cases, ingesting these cheerful flowers could cause convulsions and cardia arrhythmias. 


  • Chrysanthemums

    These pom pom looking flowers are colorful and popular floral arrangements. However, Dr Crow says no. “Chrysanthemums contain pyrethrins, which can cause gastrointestinal upset, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and in severe cases, tremors and seizures in pets.”

    Two elegant glasses of white wine or champagne and pink pearl beads on the table with beautiful aster and chrysanthemum flowers bouquet on background.

  • Also Use Caution With These

    Not quite as toxic but still on the list to be careful with are these:

    • Oleander

    • Azaleas

    • Hydrangeas

    • Rhododendrons

    • Amaryllis

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