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Houseplants to Avoid When You Have a Dog

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The Healthybud Team Fri Nov 06 2020

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Today more than ever, with the new #wfh lifestyle, having houseplants is a great way to cozy up your home and make it feel like your own oasis. But when you live with pets, it’s important to be cautious when choosing which ones to keep far away from your furry friend. 

The list of plants are very common houseplants that also happen to be toxic for dogs if consumed:

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera Plant

A common plant because of its air purification and healing properties. Ingesting this plant can cause vomiting, diarrhea and tremors in both dogs and cats.

Pothos (Devil’s Ivy)

Pothos Plant

A common plant because it has low-light needs and it is a low maintenance houseplant. Ingesting this plant can cause oral irritation, pain and swelling of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.

Snake Plants

Snake Plant

A common plant as it's readily available (sold at Ikea) and is almost unaffected by over/under watering. Ingesting this plant can cause gastrointestinal upset in pets.

Jade Plant

Jade Plant

Ingesting a Jade Plant can cause vomiting, a decreased heart rate, and even depression.

Philodendron

Philodendron Plant

A very common plant due to its low maintenance care needs and is a beautiful houseplant. Ingesting this plant can cause oral irritation, excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.

Dumb Cane

Dumb Cane Plant

Ingesting this plant can cause oral irritation, intense burning, and irritation of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, difficulty swallowing, and vomiting.

Dracaena (Corn Plant)

Corn Plant

Commonly sold at Ikea, the Dracaena has become a very popular houseplant, giving the room a tropical feel. Ingesting it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, drooling, loss of appetite, and depression.

Asparagus Fern (Emerald Fern, Emerald Feather, Lace Fern)

Asparagus Plant

The Asparagus Fern plant contains a toxin called Sapogenin and if the berries are ingested it can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and inflammation of the skin.

Helpful tip

If you believe that your pet has ingested any of these or other toxic houseplants, contact your vet immediately!

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The information presented here is not meant to replace your vet’s advice or prescribed medications, but only to suggest additional options to explore, based on your dog’s condition.

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