6 Common Garden Plants That Could Kill Your Pet

If you have a pet who likes to romp around your garden, don’t plant anything that might be toxic to her, such as azaleas and Jimson weed.

Lantana and angel’s trumpets are only a couple of many plants that are toxic to your pet. By: yimhafiz

Spring is here, and as the days grow warmer and longer, we’ll be futzing in the yard more, putting in new plants and caring for the ones we already have. Unfortunately, many of America’s favorite garden ornamentals can have deadly consequences for your pet.

As you’re planning this year’s garden, take a look around and make sure you don’t have one of these common garden plants that could kill your pet.

If you do, pull these toxic plants out immediately and transplant them to an area of your garden that’s off-limits to your pets.

1. Oleander

One of the most toxic garden plants, this large, lush bush is ubiquitous in the Southwest. Unfortunately, all parts can be fatal if ingested, not only to your pets but also to your family.

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2. Lantana

Another common bush ornamental, lantana can cause:

  • Severe digestive problems
  • Sluggishness
  • Weakness
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Organ failure
  • Death

3. Angel’s Trumpets (Brugmansia)

The beauty of this tree makes it a perennial favorite in warm climates throughout the country. Angel’s trumpets might be gorgeous and smell heavenly, but they are extremely toxic — all parts can be fatal if ingested.

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4. Azaleas

A shrub that explodes with flowers from January until the first heat of summer, azaleas may cause:

  • Stomach irritation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abnormal heart rate and rhythm
  • Convulsions
  • Coma
  • Neurological damage

5. Jimson Weed (Datura, Moonflower)

Although certain kinds of Jimson weed can be beautiful, the plants are toxic to pets and can cause:

  • Rapid and/or weak pulse
  • Respiratory distress
  • Dilated pupils
  • Restlessness, nervousness and twitching
  • Frequent urination
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Weight loss
  • Convulsions
  • Coma
  • Death

6. Castor Bean Plant

Highly toxic to cats and dogs, castor bean plants can cause:

  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Tenesmus
  • Dehydration
  • Shortness of breath
  • Excessive thirst
  • Weakness
  • Muscle twitching
  • Convulsions
  • Coma
  • Death

For a complete list of dangerous plants for cats and dogs, check out the ASPCA’s guide to toxic and nontoxic plants.

Tamar Love Grande

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Tamar Love Grande, former associate editor, is a Crazy Dog Person who has fostered and found homes for more than 200 dachshunds in the past few years. Tamar lives in Los Angeles with her husband, her cat and far too many wiener dogs.

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