While working on my plan for the landscaping in my back yard I did a little research on what plants dogs should and should not be chewing on. During that research I also found a couple of excellent websites with some very good information in them regarding plants and both dogs and cats. I now have a safe back yard environment for the dogs to play and chew in.
Some common plants that you may have in your yard or even your home that dogs and cats should not have access to are: Azalea, Sago Palm, Lilies, Schefflera, Pothos (this is an ivy) Tulips, Oleander, Chrysanthemum, and English Ivy. I have had these plants in my yard and home over the years with no idea that they could make my pet sick or even worse. This is just a short list to see all of the plants that are harmful to your pet go to http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/plants/
Also keep in mind that the blue-green algae found in ponds and pools can be harmful to your pet.
Now keeping that in mind here are some plants that have been called safe for pets to eat. Please remember that not all pets will be able to munch on these goodies just like people some have allergies.
The following information is from the Safe Gardening website http://www.safegardening.co.uk/PetSafePlants.html
The safe plants for dogs are most:
The safe plants for cats are:
Magnolia miniature roses
The Christmas cactus, Christmas orchid, yucca plant, gardenia, jade plant, cornflower, blue daisy tend to be safe for pets except for mild ingestion, diarrhea and vomiting if eaten. Since the plants are non-toxic, it is not necessary to seek veterinary treatment. The Poison Control Center will instruct an owner how to induce vomiting with hydrogen peroxide.
There is a wide range of safe edible plants for pets to eat and enjoy with plenty of taste.
Carnations (pink petals)
Geraniums (except the Pelargonium)
While we think of dogs and cats as meat eaters it is important to remember that they need a balanced diet that includes grains as well as fruit and veggis including leafy greens.
If you pet is eating something that you are unsure about always call your local poison control or your vet. Knowledge is our best weapon in keeping our pets safe and healthy.