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Spring is here and the local plant shops are filled to the brim with beautiful plants. This makes me giddy as gardening is definitely my happy place! I’ve read that gardening is therapeutic; experts say it’s a mood-enhancer and creates a sense of peace and wellbeing. I can certainly relate to that.

This year I got an early start on gardening and in March planted a couple pots of pansies on our deck. They are so pretty and springy and I just love them, but today I saw my two Pomeranians making a meal of the delicate purple flowers. They were literally devouring them!

I quickly pulled the pups away from the flowers and went to my friend, Google, to see if pansies are poisonous for dogs. Fortunately, pansies are on the safe list for dogs which was a huge relief. It actually said pansies are both safe AND tasty for dogs and humans. Who knew!

According to, the following flowers are known to be the 10 safest for dogs. Just make sure the plants haven’t been treated with insecticides, fungicides, or weed killers, as those are poisons that can cause serious harm to dogs.

The 10 safest flowers for dogs are:

· Roses (careful about thorns though)

· African Violets

· Snapdragons

· Orchids (most varieties)

· Garden Marigolds

· Pansies

· Petunias

· Sunflowers

· Zinnias

· Gerbera Daisies

If you are interested in knowing what plants are on the poisonous list for dogs, click here to see the ASPCA’s list of toxic and non-toxic plants for dogs. And, of course, if your pet eats a plant and begins to shows signs of illness, reach out to your veterinarian right away.

Enjoy this beautiful Spring season with your treasured furbaby!


Sherrill & friends at The House of FurBaby

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