Toxic and Pet-Safe Indoor Plants
Toxic plants for dogs or cats are a real problem that some people may not consider. You may have a green thumb and really enjoy having indoor plants. However, it’s important that you know which plants are safe for your pets and which plants are actually toxic for them.
Toxic Plants for dogs and cats
Jade Plant: This is a popular, beautiful succulent around the world. However, if your cat or dog ingests it, it could cause vomiting and/or depression.
Aloe: This is a very common plant to have around the house. It is an excellent way to naturally purify the air in your home. However, it’s not so excellent for your pet, if ingested. Some of the possible results of your cat or dog ingesting this plant are vomiting, depression, diarrhea, anorexia, and tremors.
Peace Lily: This plant is not a ‘true’ lily. Yet, if ingested, it can cause oral irritation as well as intense burning in the mouth, tongue, and lips. Excessive drooling, vomiting, and even difficulty swallowing could also result. Tiger Lilies or Easter Lilies, which would be considered ‘true’ lilies, cause severe/acute kidney failure.
Sago Palm: This plant is pretty popular in the world of houseplants. However, it is extremely toxic to pets. Ingesting this plant could result in vomiting, bloody stool, yellow gums, increased thirst, bruising, blood clotting problems, liver damage or failure, and/or even death.
If your pet has ingested any of the above plants or something else that was toxic, don’t hesitate to contact your vet!
We know you love your pets, even if it means removing your favorite houseplants from the home. You may be able to place these plants in a spot where your pets cannot reach them. However, removing them is most ideal. Fortunately, there are other indoor plants that can be beautiful alternatives for the toxic ones you may have had to remove.
Spider plant: If you’re looking for an air –purifying plant to replace your aloe, the spider plant is an excellent alternative! It’s pet safe. It’s easy to grow and also produces small white flowers.
Boston fern: here’s another plant that can help work to remove chemicals from the air as well as add humidity. This plant is also pet-friendly.
Christmas Cactus: Don’t let the name fool you. This ‘cactus’ doesn’t actually have any thorns to worry about and it’s totally pet-friendly. This plant is easy to propagate and it flowers beautifully in the winter.
Bamboo Palm: This plant thrives in shady indoor spaces, like your home! It also works to purify the air. This palm is slow growing and makes an excellent, pet-friendly interior decoration.
We hope this post helps you keep your pets safe and healthy!