If you want to liven up your home, have pets, plants, or both. Pets provide you with an unwavering loyalty and a social interaction that is low maintenance.
You can have flowering plants indoors, sprawling ones outside, and small ones inside the room. Plants add character to your house. You can have flowering plants inside, sprawling ones outside, and small ones inside the room.
But the usual problem with this is that some succulents harm our dogs and cats. Next thing you know, your dog is scratching up the same spot because of an irritation caused by a plant.
Pet owners and gardeners usually talk about succulents, which have a high water content inside.
What is the truth about succulents poisoning cats and dogs? Or is it just a myth that we keep believing in?
The american society for the prevention of cruelty to animals (ASPCA) says that some succulents, including pencil cactus, aloe vera, can be toxic to both cats and dogs. When ingested in large amounts, effects range from mild to serious to fatal.
Mild means skin irritation, serious means vomiting and an irregular heartbeat, and fatal means your pet loses life. However, the percentage of pet-harmful succulents is just low.
A lot of succulents are safe for dogs and cats, so you can still buy them.
Please read on if you have cats or dogs and succulents in your home; there are some succulents that are poisonous to them & their safe alternatives.
Can Your Pets Be Harmed By Succulents?
Pets are prone to touching, licking, and even eating anything that interests them.
You can find out what plants to avoid if you already have pet(s) by doing an online search or talking to a local gardener or veterinarian.
The majority of succulents are safe for pets. Only a few, which are usually bought as indoor plants, are harmful.
Common Effects Of Succulent Poisoning
Succulents have become more popular in most homes because they add a fresh look to the house without taking up a lot of space.
In some cases, however, succulents and other plants can cause more harm than good. Here are the most common effects of succulent poisoning on pets.
1. Loss Of Appetite
If your dog does not finish their meals, even when they usually do, start investigating. There are several causes, and succulent poisoning is one of them.
Appetite loss causes your pet’s immune system to be weaker, resulting in further weakening of that system.
If your dog has not eaten well in the past days, you should not force feed him/her to make up for it.
The amount of food your dog is served may cause him to vomit if he isn’t yet ready for it.
2. Vomiting And Bowel Problems
Just like humans, animals will expel harmful substances when they sense that they have consumed them. Most often, this occurs through vomiting and diarrhea.
A lot of fluids will be coming out of your pet’s body, which will make him/her weak, so keep a bowl of water at the ready.
Usually, your pet will walk slower, stop barking, and be unresponsive. You can suspect nausea or fever.
The pet should be patted with a damp towel when feeling warm, but not left lying on the floor if he/she is feeling cold.
Rather, have your pet sleep on top of a thick rug, and even cover him/her with a blanket if needed.
4. Coughing And Respiratory Problems
Coughing is a sign that your dog wants to expel something from its mouth, throat, or stomach. You will also notice that your pet is breathing oddly, as if it is struggling to inhale and exhale.
5. Skin Irritation
Humans can tolerate succulent sap, but some animals can’t. Although succulents are fleshy plants, most of them contain sap.
Pets are likely to scratch the same spot repeatedly, redden their skin, or even lose hair when irritation is present.
Make sure your pet does not scratch the irritated area. If the irritation is in the mouth area, get a detachable cone for your pet.
The irritated part cannot be physically touched or scratched, which can lead to infection.
Dogs and cats can be poisoned by succulents
When entering a plant nursery, we tend to feel overwhelmed. We want to buy one of every plant and bring it home.
Before you do that, are you sure that your plant will be compatible with your pet or can it harm them?
We compiled a list of 8 succulents that can harm your pets, along with a brief description of how and why it can do so.
1. Aloe Vera
You’re all familiar with aloe vera, right? It’s the wonder plant that revitalizes hair and skin by providing vitamins.
Aloe plant, however, does not have the same effect on pets. The plant can cause stomach problems, such as vomiting and defecation. More severe effects may include abdominal pain and even tremors.
If you use Aloe Vera products, whether natural or store-bought, be aware that your pet could lick the droppings on the table or floor.
2. Jade Plant
In cats and dogs, jade plants are named after their thick leaves and thick stems. Just like Aloe Vera, jade plants can cause gastrointestinal problems. It can also cause dizziness or bodily incoordination when ingested.
Lethargy is also a common symptom. Your pet will appear continually fatigued and suffer from appetite loss.
They may also not respond to your calls. Please don’t attempt to revive your pet by shaking it.
3. Pencil Cactus
Dogs and cats tend to stay away from Euphorbia tirucalli because of its obstructive appearance.
The typical stomach problems your pet will face if it eats a piece of the plant will occur.
It is said to cause irritation of the skin and eyes in cats and dogs, which may even result in blindness, as well as to be carcinogenic.
Even washing its sap off human skin without using bath soap would be difficult; imagine how much harm it could do to a pet’s skin.
4. Snake Plant
An invasive species in the United States is the West African Sansevieria trifasciata.
Although it still makes a popular lawn plant, the saponin compound inside of it will make animals vomit if it enters their bodies.
Currently, there are no studies on Saponin. However, online resources state that some plants with saponin are also naturally toxic to cold-blooded animals such as snakes and frogs.
5. String Of Pearls
A native of South Africa, this pea-like plant is also an invasive species. Its sap can cause skin irritation to humans, what more for pets?
The round leaves can make this plant appear to be pet food, so you should be cautious when moving it since a few leaves could fall from it with one snag.
6. Sago Palm
Cycasin, a substance found in Sago Palms, damages the liver. In 15 minutes (or even a couple of hours), cats consume cycasin, causing vomiting, thirst, liver failure, or even death. According to the ASPCA, effects are noticeable after 15 minutes.
Although the plant is not a palm but rather a cycad, it is toxic to pets and requires a lot of maintenance. For one thing, it requires fertilizer to grow big.
However, over or under fertilization, inadequate irrigation, or inadequate sunlight cause the plant to react with yellowing of its leaves.
If you want to keep this in your house, be sure to put it somewhere your pets cannot access it. You can never be too sure when it comes to your pet’s health.
Succulents That Can Kill Your Pets
You read that right. There are some succulents that are fatal to pets, so owning those plants with a pet can either be a risky decision or ill-informed.
1. Panda Plant
Among 125 identified tropical plants in the Kalanchoes genus, this sculpture-looking plant is deadly.
You might also expect your pet to have oral and throat irritation due to calcium oxalate crystals found in the plant. Animals that consume large doses of this plant can die.
It is not recommended to have one because if you drop even a small piece of the plant, this could result in fatal results for your pet.
2. Devil’s Backbone
Just by its name you know this plant means bad business. The Kalanchoe delagoensis is a plant that looks normal. With its thin leaves, short stems, and dark spots, it looks just like most plants in your garden.
However, when consumed, it can cause abnormal heartbeats and gastrointestinal problems like vomiting and diarrhea.
It is smarter to keep this plant out of your assortment in the event that you have a pet. No compelling reason to have a hidden danger.
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