Avoid True Lilies and Day Lilies

Avoid True Lilies and Day Lilies

With Mother’s Day rapidly approaching, the Animal Poisons Helpline is anticipating an increase in calls regarding pets that have accessed bouquets and ingested flowering plants. Some flowering plants are considered highly toxic, such as true lilies and daylilies for cats. If you are buying flowers this Mother’s Day, consider the following pet friendly options:

Gerbera Daisies (Gerbera spp.)
Roses (Rosa spp.)
Snapdragons (Antirrhinum spp.)
Fuschias (Fuschia spp.)
Orchids (Phalaenopsis spp.)
Sunflowers (Helianthus spp.)

Keep in mind that even pet friendly plants and flowers can potentially result in gastrointestinal upset (and less commonly allergic reactions) when ingested by pets. The appropriate placement of bouquets and flowers therefore remains important in reducing the risk of exposure. For homes with cats, avoid true lilies and daylilies this Mother’s Day.

If your pet has ingested something they should not have, please phone the Animal Poisons Helpline on 1300 869 738 (AU) or 0800 869 738 (NZ) for advice. The Animal Poisons Helpline provides a free service for all pet owners in Australia and New Zealand, and we can rapidly determine if your pet requires immediate veterinary assessment or can be observed at home.