15 pet-friendly plants to freshen up your space inside and out

Shoshi Parks, Insider.com

Fri Apr 23 2021 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

If you have pets, there may be danger lurking in your garden. More than 400 common plants, including lilies, tulips, oleander, and English ivy are toxic to cats and dogs when ingested or inhaled. While a variety of symptoms are associated with plant poisoning, gastrointestinal distress as well as neurological, cardiac, and respiratory problems are common, according to veterinarian Shermaine Wilson Cox of Royal Paws & Purrs Mobile Veterinary Services in Stone Mountain, Georgia. In the worst cases, toxic plant exposure can even result in death.

Pet-loving green thumbs need not despair, however. From annuals to perennials to succulents, there are hundreds of pet-friendly plants that are just as beautiful as their toxic counterparts. We consulted with two veterinarians and a master gardener to come up with some of the best pet-safe plants for indoors and outdoors, along with additional tips on how to keep your pet safe around them.