Did you know May is National Pet Month in the United States?
May is officially here! A month of Spring Flowers, Mother’s Day and a month to cherish our four-legged furry friends!
As florists, you may have been asked the question time and time again, what flowers or plants are safe around animals?
Every pet owner knows their furry friend will chew on anything it can get into, and at some point it will gravitate towards plants and flowers. As beautiful as plants and flowers are, some can be particularly dangerous to our furry companions. Pets are members of the family, so the last thing we want is for them to get sick from flowers or plants that are toxic to them.
Of course, as florists, you don’t want customers who have pets to stay entirely away from all flower arrangements and plants, but it is good to be aware of what plants and flowers are toxic.
We hope this Florist Guide to Pet-Friendly Flowers and Plants are useful for your floral business and your customers!
Top Toxic Flowers and Plants
Baby’s Breath (toxic to dogs, safe for cats)
Birds of Paradise
Mother in Law’s Tongue/Snake Plant
Top Pet-Friendly Flowers and Plants
*Lilies (safe for dogs, toxic to cats)
Spider Plant this
Signs and Symptoms of Flower and Plant Toxicity
If you suspect that a pet has ingested a toxic plant or flowers, please contact your vet right away. Here are some signs:
For a full and complete listing of toxic and non-toxic plants, we recommend the ASPCA website for more information.
When customers are ordering flowers or a plant for a pet-friendly household, just take a few extra minutes to check the list! This will help strengthen the relationship between you and the customer and provides confidence to keep them coming back.
Florists, do you get asked a lot what is pet-friendly? What do you offer your customers when asked this question? Please share your thoughts and comments below!