10 Houseplants That Are Dangerous For Your Dog
27 December 2022
Plants can almost seem like little pets with all the attention that goes into helping them grow! We who enjoy adding plants and other living things to our homes don’t always have to decide between having pets or plants, but we do need to be selective in what we choose.
Making sure your home is completely pup-proof is one of your responsibilities as a dog owner. After all, dogs are naturally curious animals. And who knows what they’ll decide is ideal for chewing, digging, or sniffing. It’s one thing if your dog eats your houseplants, but if your pet is poisoned by those plants, you have a bigger problem on your hands. Discover ten common houseplants that are poisonous to dogs by reading on.
The family of lilies is quite large, and some of its members are particularly toxic to dogs. Avoid the peace lily, a common houseplant with dark green leaves and white flowers. This particular variety of lily contains calcium oxalate crystals, which can irritate the lips and tongue and cause excessive drooling, vomiting, and other symptoms.
Aloe vera may be well known for its ability to soothe the skin in humans, but unfortunately, it does not work nearly as well for dogs. The aloe plant can result in digestive problems like vomiting and diarrhoea as well as lethargy if chewed or ingested.
Everyone is aware to avoid poison ivy, but what about common ivy? Even though it may look lovely cascading down a brick wall, some ivy species contain toxins that, if consumed by your dog, can cause a rash, breathing difficulties, stomach problems, and more.
The jade plant also referred to as a rubber plant or friendship tree, is renowned for its toughness and astoundingly long lifespan of up to 100 years! Unfortunately, if your dog chews on those rubbery leaves, he won’t be quite as tough. Even though the precise toxins are unknown, it is known that dogs that consume the jade plant can experience depression, lack of coordination, vomiting, and other unpleasant side effects.
Dieffenbachia, or dumb cane, plants have oxalate crystals, which, like those in lilies, can irritate your dog’s mouth and tongue. Additionally, it may cause vomiting, swallowing issues, and breathing problems.
Elephant ear plants, also known as elephant ear caladiums, are distinguished by their enormous, vibrant plants. Unfortunately, they have the same toxins as dumb cane and lilies. If swallowed, your dog might develop oral irritation, excessive drooling, vomiting, and swallowing issues.
The ZZ plant, also known as Zamioculcas zamiifolia, is a low-maintenance indoor plant that can survive with little watering and sunlight. Unfortunately, because it contains the same calcium oxalate crystals as lilies, dumb cane, and elephant ear plants, this plant is not the best choice for your dog.