Pets and Plants! -Monmouth County

It’s no secret that pets love the outdoors! Longer days are the perfect excuse for spending lots of time together in the backyard or garden this spring!

Aside from fleas, ticks and other pests, we often forget that there are plants that can cause skin irritation or sickness in our pets. We know keeping your pet safe is top priority so we’ve put together a short list of garden “dos and don’ts” on plants common in Monmouth County.  For a more comprehensive list, visit

Toxic for dogs and cats: American holly, azalea, begonia, chrysanthemum, daffodil, dahlia, daisy, garlic, geranium, hyacinth, hosta, hydrangea, lily of the valley, morning glory, rhododendron, tomato plant, and tulip. Toxic for cats are most varieties of lilies!

Nontoxic for dogs and cats: alyssum, bamboo, coreopsis, corn flower, cucumber, gerber daisy, petunia, rose, strawberry, sunflower, and zinnia. While poison ivy, oak and sumac cause major itch in humans, pets are pretty unaffected!

Consider adding peppermint to your garden this spring: It’s safe for both dogs and cats and, in small amounts, aids in digestion. Or make your favorite feline really happy by planting cat grass or cat nip!

Happy gardening!

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