We all know that we need to keep our dogs away from the chocolate in our Easter baskets this week, but what about the Easter lilies in our holiday centerpieces? These popular flowers will make their appearance in many homes this season, so it’s important to ask—are Easter lilies poisonous to dogs?
Continue reading to discover if your spring flowers could pose a danger to your beloved pet.
Are Easter Lilies Poisonous to Dogs?
As you shop for holiday flowers this week, you may find yourself asking the question: “Are Easter lily plants poisonous to dogs?”
The short answer is NO. According to the ASPCA, Easter lilies are not poisonous to dogs.
Although they’re not lethal to dogs, Easter lilies can still cause intestinal discomfort if consumed in large quantities (like most things). Since a dog’s digestive system isn’t accustomed to processing large amounts of raw plant matter, your curious canine could experience an upset stomach, vomiting, or diarrhea.
If you have cats, however, steer clear: the Easter lily plant is highly toxic to felines. If ingested, even in small amounts, Easter lilies can cause kidney failure in cats, and ultimately death.
Even though Easter lilies are not poisonous to dogs, there are several important things to keep in mind.
- Your dog can still get sick from any chemicals you spray on your plants, such as insecticides, fungicides, or pesticides.
- According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, Easter lilies are susceptible to Botrytis fungi. This fungus causes food poisoning in humans and can make your dog very sick.
- If your dog really goes to town while munching on this plant, he could suffer from intestinal obstruction as plant matter builds up.
What To Do If Your Dog Eats An Easter Lily
If your dog consumes a few Easter lily petals this holiday, you don’t need to be concerned. If he was extra greedy, though, look out for some of these symptoms:
- Vocalization of pain
If your dog exhibits any of these symptoms, bring him to the vet for further examination. He may have inadvertently ingested harmful chemicals or a plant infected with the Botrytis fungi.
Other Popular Spring Flowers that are Toxic to Dogs
So we have an answer to the question “are Easter lily plants poisonous to dogs?”
But what about other popular Easter flowers? Are there other spring flowers you should avoid to keep your dog safe this Easter?
First, it’s important not to confuse the Easter lily with other similar members of the lily family. While Easter lilies are not toxic to canines, both the Peace lily and the Calla lily pose a danger to dogs. If ingested, your dog may experience vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, or mouth pain.
Other popular spring flowers that could be toxic to your dog include:
1. Daffodils—the bulbs of these plants contain alkaloids, which are toxic to both cats and dogs.
2. Tulips—tulip bulbs are highly toxic, which poses a problem if your dog is a digger.
3. Sago Palms—One of the most poisonous plants, the Sago palm can cause liver failure and death in cats and dogs.
4. Lily of the Valley—these popular flowers contain glycosides, which can slow down—and even stop—your dog’s heartbeat.
5. Begonias—the stems of these plants can cause mouth irritation, drooling, and vomiting.
6. Foxglove—although it’s typically found outdoors, this popular spring flower can cause heart failure.
7. Rhododendrons—these flowers contain grayanotoxins, which can cause seizures and cardiac arrest in cats and dogs.
8. Oleander—all parts of this delicate flower are poisonous to cats, dogs, and even humans.
9. Buttercups—the dainty petals of this spring flower contain ranunculin, which produces the toxin protoanemonin.
10. Hyacinths—these flowers contain alkaloids, which are concentrated in the plant’s bulb.
Pet Poison Helpline is a great resource for information about the toxicity level of different plants. They run a 24/7 pet poison control center, so it’s not a bad idea to put their number in your phone.
The Safest Spring Plants for Your Dog
Don’t worry—your home and garden don’t need to go undecorated with flowers this spring. There are plenty of safer floral alternatives that can brighten up your space without putting your dog at risk.
Consider one of these non-offending beauties to brighten up your space:
- Gerbera Daisies
At this time of year, there’s nothing more cheery than a lush spring floral arrangement. And while it’s imperative to be mindful of the potential risks posed by many popular plants, you and your pooch can definitely still enjoy the simple pleasure that spring flowers bring. Just select your flowers carefully, and enjoy the season!