March 13, 2020

Common flowers which are harmful to our furry friends

Our furry friends mean the world to us, and it would be heartbreaking if something happened to them. Unfortunately, many common flowers used by florists in Malta can harmful flowers cats and dogs. We listed the most common harmful flowers to our furry friends and the type of harm they emit, so make sure when purchasing flowers you take extra note to such flowers.

White and pink lilies


Lilies are amongst the most commonly used flower for funeral arrangements and therefore won’t be an issue to pets, but we do have certain other floral products which utilise lilies. Lilies are mostly toxic to cats, but certain strains are also toxic to dogs, every part of a lily is toxic even one petal.

A field with red and purple tulips


Tulips are a member of the lily family, which is no surprise that they’re also toxic to our furry friends. The most toxic part of a tulip is the bulb which we commonly cut when creating a bouquet or a floral arrangement. You still want to take extra attention to tulips, if you think that your pet has eaten any part of the flower, make sure to keep an eye out and speak to your vet for further assistance.

A close up of a blooming red amaryllis


Just like lilies Amaryllis are also a popular flower which we usually use for floral arrangements and vase flower designs like our amaryllis in a vase. Due to its high contents in alkaloid it can trigger vomiting, tremors, seizures and changes in blood pressure.

A close up of a yellow daffodil


Daffodils also contain alkaloids, which can cause conditions such as respiratory depression and cardiac arrhythmias. We suggest taking your pet to the vet if any ingestion occurs.

A close up of a fully bloomed chrysanthemum


Not as toxic as the ones mentioned above, the chrysanthemums, also known as crysants contain pyrethrins which are usually found in dog tick medications which are fairly poisonous to cats. If your cat ate any part of the chrysanthemum flower, make sure to look out for diarrhoea, lack of appetite and vomiting, if any of these conditions are noticed we suggest to seek advice from your vet.

How are they harmful flowers to pets but not us

Such a question frequently arises in many animal and floral forums. The main reason why these are harmful to pets and not humans, is because we won’t eat flowers and many harmful flowers are harmful when they’re ingested. Still, there are other harmful flowers which are harmful just by touching to them but very limited and not common to use for cut flowers.

How to order flowers for someone with pets

If you’d like to order flowers for someone with pets or yourself you can choose from the below floral bouquets, which are totally safe. At checkout under additional info make sure to add that the bouquet should be pet safe so we take extra attention which florals we should be using.

Safe flowers for your pet

There’s a wide range of safe florals for your pets including roses, violets, and orchids amongst many others, we suggest to subscribe to our newsletter and like our Facebook page as we’re soon posting a post of flowers that are safe for both cats and dogs. In the meantime, if you’re looking to buy a pet-friendly bouquet, contact us and will send you a couple of suggestions floral bouquet suggestion.

CATEGORIES: Fresh Flowers


6 responses to “Common flowers which are harmful to our furry friends”

  1. Was going to send a bunch of tulips for my friend’s birthday, will make sure to send something different, what do you suggest sending?

  2. Thank you for the information! You don’t find many florists giving so much attention to detail for their clients and their pets, not to mention the beautiful floral bouquets!

  3. Thank you so much!! Didn’t know tulips are bad for my dog 🙁 Will take extra care, even though he is the cutest and would never eat a tulip 🙂

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