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How To Buy Flowers For A Pet-Owner That Are Safe For Their Furry Family Members

Ella Young

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: 

  • Tulips - Tulips can cause gastrointestinal problems, vomiting, and diarrhea. They can also potentially trigger much more dangerous problems, like convulsions, seizures, or heart rhythm problems.
  • Amaryllis - This flower can also cause gastrointestinal problems, depression, anorexia, and tremors.
  • Azaleas - These flowers can cause all of the aforementioned problems that amaryllis and tulips cause, but they can also induce comas and complete cardiovascular failure.
  • Aloe - This plant is considered a safe and healing one for humans, but not so for animals. It can cause gastrointestinal problems and depression.
  • Baby's Breath - Baby's Breath can turn a safe bouquet into a dangerous one, as it's frequently used as a small filler plant in bouquets. It can cause vomiting and diarrhea in cats and dogs, so ask your florist to not put any in a bouquet.

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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I spend a lot of time on the road for work. My wife and three daughters don't get to see me as often as I, or they, would like. Because of this, I have begun sending flowers home for each of my ladies back home. Sending flowers is a lot easier than many people think. If you are looking for a way to make your loved ones feel special when you aren't around, visit my blog. Here, you will see how I have expanded my creativity to include gifts, flowers and candies for the ladies in my life while I am so far from home.