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  • Writer's pictureRachel Barnack

Beware! Toxic House Plants for Pets!

Houseplants are great for adding a touch of spice to our homes, creating a serene and aesthetically pleasing environment. However, not all greenery is pet-friendly, and some plants can pose a serious threat to our beloved furry friends. As responsible pet owners, it's crucial to be aware of the potential dangers lurking in our indoor gardens. In this blog, we'll explore some of the most toxic house plants for pets, shedding light on the risks associated with each.




Dieffenbachia

  1. Dieffenbachia : Although these are known for their attractive variegated leaves, Dieffenbachia contains oxalate crystals, that when chewed or ingested can cause intense burning and irritation in the mouth and throat. This can lead to excessive drooling, difficulty swallowing, and even vomiting. Keep this plant out of reach or opt for pet-friendly alternatives that are similar in presentation, like the calathea, to ensure the safety of your furry friends!

Peace Lily

2.Peace Lily : Despite its name, the peace lily can bring anything but peace to your pets. The peace lily also contains calcium oxalate, which can cause similar irritation and swelling in the mouth and throat when ingested. Common symptoms include drooling, vomiting, and difficulty breathing. A non-toxic alternative? Try out a spider plant or air plant to maintain a pet-safe indoor environment.


Aloe Vera

3. Aloe Vera : While aloe vera is renowned for its medicinal properties, it can be harmful to pets if ingested. The Aloe plant contains compounds called anthraquinones, which can cause digestive issues, lethargy, and diarrhea in dogs and cats. Keep aloe vera plants in areas inaccessible to pets or opt for a safer alternative like the Zebra Haworthia for a similar vibe!



Philodendron

4. Philodendron : Philodendrons are popular houseplants, prized for their variety, lush foliage, and easy maintenance. However, they contain the same calcium oxalate crystals that can lead to oral irritation, drooling, and difficulty swallowing in pets. In severe cases, ingestion may cause swelling and blockage in the throat, that may become fatal. Unfortunately, the oh so popular monstera deliciosa is included in the philodendron category, so be sure to choose a pet-friendly alternative like the Boston fern or maybe a fittonia for a splash of color instead.


Snake Plant

5. Snake Plant : While snake plants are often praised for their air-purifying qualities, they can also be harmful to pets when ingested! The Snake Plant contains saponin compounds that can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea in cats and dogs. While not as toxic as some others on our list, their popularity made me want to add them just for knowledge' sake. If you're a fan of the snake plant, I would consider displaying it in an area where your pets cannot access it, or choose an alternative statement plant like the zebra plant or money tree that pose no harm to your furry companions.





In conclusion, creating a pet-friendly home involves more than just love and attention. It requires awareness of potential hazards, including toxic plants that may pose a threat to our four-legged friends. This list is not all inclusive, so make sure to understand the risks associated with plants you're interested in to make informed decisions to keep your indoor space safe for both your plants and your pets. Replacing toxic plants with pet-friendly alternatives can help with your peace of mind, and ensure a harmonious and secure environment for you and your furry family members. <3








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