5 Houseplants that are Dangerous for Dogs


Household plants that are dangerous to your dogs


Have the recent years of stay home orders and remote working turned you into a plant-mom (or dad)? While most plants are relatively harmless to your pet- there are some to steer clear of to ensure your fur baby is safe. 

Aloe Vera

While parts of the aloe plant are safe for your pup- the problem is if your pet decides to just take a bite of a leaf. Chewing the plant can create a toxin called anthraquinone glycoside- which is moderately toxic to dogs. This will cause vomiting and diarrhea. Though they won’t cause any long lasting effects the ones they do cause are unpleasant to say the least.


That doesn’t mean that you need to avoid all aloe products completely. Aloe vera juice is great for your dog’s gut health. Aloe gel is safe for their skin to help with burns and abrasions. 


Caladium (Elephant Ear)

This is a common plant that’s found both indoors and out- so be cognisant on your walks and trips to the park. Elephant Ear contains sharp Calcium Oxalate crystals in it’s leaves that can often cause swelling and irritation to their mouth and tongue, as well as excessive drooling. On rare occasions this can also lead to respiratory distress and even death. 


The best idea is to avoid this plant altogether if you have a new puppy or a curious dog. 


The same chemicals can also be found in Peace Lilies because it has the same effects.

Birds of Paradise

This tropical plant is known for its beautiful flowers that look like birds when they bloom-unfortunately they are not dog friendly. These can be extremely dangerous to pets. The culprit is hydrogen cyanide which can be lethal to both dogs and humans. 


If your dog ingests one of these it will likely cause vomiting and diarrhea pretty quickly as well as some drowsiness. More severe symptoms are difficulty in breathing, loss of appetite, and even death. 

Cycas Revoluta (Sago Palm)


This plant is known for it’s tropical and exotic look that will instantly add character to any room. Don’t be fooled by its appearance- this plant has made the Pet Poison Helpline’s Top Terrible Toxins list. It contains cycasin, a toxin that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, lethargy, and in some cases liver failure. 

Kafir Lily

This plant is known for its beautiful orange flowers and is not actually a lily- it’s also a plant that’s relatively easy to grow and care for indoors. However, this plant is very toxic for both cats and dogs. The reason for this is from the Licorine and other alkaloids found in all parts of this plant. 


Symptoms can vary from mild vomiting and diarrhea to extreme with convulsions, low blood pressure, tremors, and cardiac arrhythmia. 


Do Your Research

While this list is pretty small there are plenty of other plants that can be harmful to your pets. Do your research before you choose any indoor or outdoor plants for your home.If you know that your pet has ingested ANY plants or you see notice symptoms- always call your vet!

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