Flowers can make a lovely gift for anyone, but there are special considerations you should keep in mind if the recipient has pets. Pets and flowers can get along wonderfully, but only if your chosen bouquet contains flowers that are safe for pets to be around. Before you buy a bouquet for the pet owner in your life, check this guide to make sure you're choosing safe flowers for their pets.
Flowers You Should Never Order For a Pet Owner
Some flowers are toxic to cats and dogs, while others are only toxic to cats. These flowers are toxic to both animals, and should be avoided:
The vast majority of lilies are dangerous to cats, and many can potentially cause kidney failure if consumed. Never choose a bouquet with any kind of lilies for anyone who has cats.
Flowers That are Non-Toxic
Thankfully, there's a wide variety of flowers that are fairly safe for pets to be around. Roses, orchids, daisies, violets, and snapdragons are all beautiful flowers that are considered to be non-toxic to pets.
Non-Toxic Flower Considerations
Non-toxic flowers are safe for pets to be around, and don't cause any life-threatening problems if consumed. However, they may still cause some minor gastrointestinal effects, like mild stomach discomfort, if a pet eats a great deal of the flowers. Of course, most pet owners won't be allowing their pets to munch freely on the flowers, so it shouldn't be a problem.
In addition, if you request roses, ask the florist to only choose roses that have had their thorns removed, as they can be painful for a pet rubbing up against the flowers.
Buying a bouquet for a pet-owning friend is a great idea, as long as you follow these tips. The pet owner will not only love the gift, but they'll probably be touched to know you took the time to choose a bouquet that would be safe for their furry family members.
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