Potted plants, herbs and exotic flowers look great on your balcony, but they might be toxic for your furry friend. Symptoms of poisoning include difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhoea and drooling or excessive swallowing. When in doubt, call your vet.
A good option for keeping your dog from munching on poisonous plants is to hang them out of reach. Use flowerpots that hang from the railing or create a hanging gar-den on your wall. Avoid common container plants like rhododendron, azalea, hydran-gea, English ivy and clematis, or flowers like lilies and tulips. Instead, you can opt for non-toxic plants like African daisies, African violets, sprouts, basil, jasmine or pampas grass, if those can grow on your balcony. For more detailed information we recom-mend talking to your vet or checking out this website (https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants).
Most plants that are poisonous for dogs are also toxic to cats. Chrysanthemums, cyc-lamen, English ivy, daffodils and tulips and others can cause serious problems for your kitty. Instead, you could plant a pot with cat grass, catmint and catnip, which your cat is sure to love. Butterfly-attracting plants like lavender and thyme provide some entertainment and make your balcony smell great. For a more detailed list of poison-ous plants, you can also check out this website (https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants)