All the pretty flowers - News from Samantha

There's something special about Spring in South Africa....hoards of locals flock to the West Coast to view the beautiful display that pops up some time between August and September. You may have already started to notice a scattering here and there but do you know what is safe for your pet to nose around in?

Here are some useful tips on what plants to avoid in your garden, especially if you have a new nosey puppy or playful kitten in the house.

Azalia: Eating just a few leaves from this plant can be toxic to your pet. Look out for signs of vomiting, diarrhoea, excessive drooling, weakness and coma. Cardiovascular collapse and death are of most concern so if you suspect your pet has ingested this plant, please seek veterinary medical care immediately.

Lillies:  There are many varieties of Lilly, the Peace, Peruvian and Calla Lilly contain oxalate crystals that can cause irritation of the mouth, tongue and oesophagus that result in drooling. Cats are of more concern when it comes to some lillies, such as, Tiger, Day, Asiatic, Easter and Japanese show lillies Eating just a leaf or two of these plants can cause sever kidney failure. Straight to the vet with the plant and the pet should you suspect this poisoning.

Ivy: Although this plant is beautiful, it can cause serious harm to your pet. If ingested, your pet may develop a rash and breathing problems, it could also result in coma or paralysis.

Daffodill: These plants contain Lycorine, a substance that can trigger vomiting. By eating the bulb, plant or flower, your pet may experience vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, heart and respiratory problems.

Rhododendron: These very popular plants can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, hyper-salivation, weakness, coma, central nervous system depression cardiovascular collapse and even death.


Cosmos, Catmint, Snapdragons, Honeysuckle,Lavender, Rose, Sunflowers, Impatiens and Calendula.