10 Pet Poisons Lurking in Your Spring Garden

Canadian gardeners are getting excited about the coming growing season. As you plan your planting, it’s important to be aware of what can make your pets sick (or even kill them).

10 Pet Poisons Lurking in Your Spring Garden

  1. Fertilizers may contain organophosphates like disulfoton, which can cause severe digestive upset, respiratory distress, seizures and death. Consider using a natural, organic fertilizer instead.
  2. Bone meal can cause a gastrointestinal obstruction in pets.
  3. Blood meal can cause pancreatitis, digestive upset, or iron toxicity.
  4. Elemental Iron-fortified fertilizers may cause iron toxicity if ingested, resulting in liver damage, heart damage, and severe digestive upset.
  5. Pesticides are one of the more obvious dangers that most pet parents are aware of. They can cause irritation or even death if they contain certain ingredients (such as organophosphate)
  6. Tiger Lilies, Day Lilies, Japanese Show Lilies, Asiatic Lilies, and Easter Lilies cause kidney failure in cats. Peace Lilies, Peruvian Lilies, and Calla Lilies can irritate the mouth and esophagus.
  7. Lily of the Valley has cardiac glycosides that can cause severe digestive upset, irregular heartbeat, or seizures.
  8. Tulip and Hyacinth bulbs contain toxic alkaloids.
  9. Daffodil flowers contain the alkaloid lycorine, which can cause severe digestive upset, irregular heartbeat or respiratory distress in pets.
  10. Crocuses (Spring blooming) can cause digestive upset.

It pays to research before adding any plant or chemical to your garden. When in doubt, contact your veterinarian.

??? How do you protect your pets from Spring dangers? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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The article you wrote is great

Maragret Puff

Just wanna say that this is very beneficial, Thanks for taking your time to write this.

r. bergeron

our cat stays inside but our 2 dogs go out alone in the yard so we had to puppy-proof when we got our first one. we ended up pulling out a few things but it was worth it. they don’t tend to chew on plants though.


I’m grateful for this info because we’re buying a house and I’ll have to inspect the yard before my pups go out to play.


My dog got sick after visiting my Mom once but we never did figure out what it was. I’ll use this for a check next time we’re there. TU

Kenzie Mac

Handy list to keep around for every year. Thanks!!