Dog Safe Spring Plants and Flowers

Dog Friendly Flowers for Spring
With brighter days and sunnier skies, the garden and parks are beautiful places to enjoy spring. However, you might be surprised to know that some plant pots and flowers can harm your four-legged friend.
 
We cover some tips on what to look for and some dog-safe plants and flowers that you can buy to spruce up your garden without potentially putting your dog at risk.

Flowers to Avoid with Your Dog in Spring

Daffodils – While they are beautiful at this time of year, the bulbs are poisonous to pets. The same goes for dwarf daffodils, so it is probably best to steer clear of all daffodil varieties.
 
Lilies – They may look lovely, but lilies are actually toxic to pets. The pollen dust can easily be knocked and ingested, which can have very harmful results; even drinking water from a vase of lilies can be dangerous.
 
Hyacinths – The bulbs from hyacinths can cause drooling, vomiting, and diarrhoea if consumed and depending on the amount eaten.
 
Tulips – These can be harmful if they are eaten in large amounts. If consumed, tulips can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and even skin irritation.
 
Other flowers to avoid include azaleas, ivy, and chrysanthemums.

Dog Safe Flowers for Spring

There are many wonderful dog-safe plants to choose from and can make a brilliant addition to your garden or other green space. Let’s discuss some of these options and help create a welcome environment for everyone who uses your garden.
Roses are not toxic for dogs, so they are an excellent option for most gardens and beyond. They’re safe to use inside the house, too. They will not cause any harm to your beloved pet if they accidentally consume any fallen petals.
 
The only danger is the thorns, but these won’t harm most dogs if they brush against them, or you can opt for roses that have already been de-thorned.
Sunflowers are a superb choice for any garden with dogs. They look pretty, and all parts of the plant are not harmful to dogs and pose no real risk to their health.
 
Freshly cut sunflowers look great on your dining table, so feel free to spruce up your inside and outside space with some luscious sunflowers.
Most ferns are considered safe for dogs and should be safe inside of the house as well as in your garden.
 
The best and safest options with ferns that will be around dogs tend to be those that would be considered “true ferns”, such as the Boston Fern and Maidenhair.
Herbs such as lavender are good choices for garden spaces. They can even help if your dog experiences anxiety, depression, and stress.
 
Lavender essential oils can also commonly be found in pet stores and have various uses and applications.
Not only is rosemary considered non-toxic, but there has also been research that suggests it may even have health benefits for dogs.
 
It contains some antioxidants that may prevent cancer and can act as a natural flea repellant. Some pet owners even add Rosemary essentials oils to semi-moist dog food.
Thyme is a lovely flower addition to any garden in spring, and the herb can even bring health benefits to your pup.
 
Eating small portions can potentially lower blood pressure, improves digestion and contains vitamin C. Hence, it has very similar benefits for dogs as it does with humans!

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