Springtime Pet Safety Tips

As the temperature begins to warm up and the flowers start to bloom, it is easy to see that spring has sprung! Just how spring brings a new wardrobe, allergies, and fun outdoor activities, it also brings new risks (allergies, toxins, and poisonous plants) for dogs and cats.

Although your pup might find the new blooming plants to be intriguing because of their alluring smells, many plants are actually toxic to dogs. 

Poisonous Plants for Dogs to Avoid this Spring:

  1. Tulips
  2. Azaleas
  3. Rhododendrons
  4. Daffodils
  5. Sago Palms
  6. Hyacinths
  7. Dumbcane Oleander
  8. Begonias
  9. Buttercups
  10. Foxglove
  11. Jimson weed
  12. Laurels
  13. Japanese pieris

Cats may appear to be independent, but you still need to watch them during the spring to make sure they stay clear of these harmful plants as well.

Poisonous Plants for Cats to Avoid this Spring:

  1. Azaleas
  2. Aloe
  3. Chrysanthemums
  4. Hyacinths
  5. Lilies
  6. Marijuana
  7. Rhododendrons
  8. Buttercups
  9. Tulips
  10. Dumbcane
  11. Oleander
  12. Foxglove
  13. Begonias
  14. Laurels
  15. Japanese pieris
  16. Jimson weed

Other Harmful Toxins

Although all the plants mentioned above are a definite “no, no” for pets, this is not an exhaustive list of pet toxins. If you would like to read more about substances that are harmful for pets please check out more information here.  In addition to plants and flowers, springtime brings other substances that are harmful to pets such as cocoa mulch and insecticides and pesticides used for lawn care and gardening, so keep an extra eye on your pets when they are playing outside!


Just like humans, pets can get allergies too. So during spring, when the pollen count is on the rise, watch to see if your pet is licking or scratching excessively.  They also may be more prone to ear infections or itchy eyes. If you notice any changes in your pet’s health, it is always a good idea to take them to the vet who can best assess if they have allergies and how to best treat them, if needed.

As pet parents ourselves, we know that you want to protect your furry friend from whatever life throws at you, including the risks that come along with springtime. A 4Paws Insurance plan can help offset costs caused by allergies and other springtime illnesses, so head to 4Pawsins.com for a free quote today!