Pet-Friendly Flowers: What’s Safe and What’s Not

Having flowers in your home can really brighten up the place, however if you have any pets then it can be a bit of a worry. With your furry friends being a part of your family, it is always best to make sure that any flowers you have in your home won’t cause them any harm.

Discover our list of the safest flowers to have in your home, indoors or outdoors, for your cat or dog and the signs to look for if your pet has eaten an unsafe flower.

Non-toxic: top safest flowers for pets


Roses are one of the most popular and beautiful flowers out there and as the universal symbol for love, they are always well received. With over 100 different variations of the rose, coming in a range of colours and style, they are the perfect way to enjoy nature indoors.

All 100 species of rose are generally considered as completely harmless to all pets, so there is no need to worry. Just make sure they are as out of reach as possible to ensure that your pet doesn’t accidentally cut themselves on the thorns.


There are a wide variety of different types of orchid that are available, all with different colours and markings that appeal to almost everyone. They are also well known for being beautifully fragrant and can give your home a lovely aroma.

Orchids are non-toxic to cats and dogs, making them a popular choice for pet owners.


Sunflowers can instantly brighten up anyone’s day with their big, bright petals and are beautiful both in your home and in your garden.

They are completely non-toxic to all pets and can even be consumed by humans for medical reasons!


Asters are beautiful daisy-like flowers that are available in a range of different colours, such as pink, blue and yellow.

Once again, these come in a range of varieties that are all non-toxic to your furry friends!

Toxic: flowers to avoid

  • Amaryllis
  • Azaleas
  • Lilies
  • Tulips
  • Daffodils
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Peonies
  • Poinsettia
  • Iris

Symptoms of flower poisoning

If your pet has eaten a flower that it shouldn’t have, then you would expect to see some of the following symptoms:

  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhoea

If your pet is exhibiting any of these symptoms or you suspect them to have eaten a flower they shouldn’t have, then make sure you contact your vets immediately.

How to prevent pets eating flowers

It can be difficult to try and stop your pet from eating flowers it shouldn’t, but there are a few ways your can try and prevent them from getting ill:

  • Put flowers in a room that your pets don’t have access to
  • Have flowers placed in high up or out of the way places
  • Try putting your flowers in hanging baskets or pots
  • Always check if flowers are toxic before purchasing

Order your pet friendly bouquets

We offer a range of different bouquets for you to buy online that feature lots of pet friendly flowers. If you are unsure before buying, please do give us a call on 01273 770966 and we would be happy to help!

If you pop into our Brighton and Hove store, you can choose your own specific flowers and create your own bouquet, ensuring that you only use pet friendly options! Visit us at 102 Western Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2AA.

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