Is that Plant Safe for your Pup?
🐕Dog Lovers,😍 this blogs for you! Learn about the plants 🌱🌿 you should keep away from your pup. 🐩🐾
Owning a dog is a big responsibility, not only do you need to “puppy/dog” proof inside your home but you also need to make sure their outdoor area is safe.
There are indoor and outdoor plants that are dangerous and can even be deadly for dogs. Before bringing home that beautiful plant from the store, make sure it’s safe for curious pups.
Below are some specific plants to keep away from dogs:
- Aloe Vera (seen in picture above)-
Medicinal properties of aloe vera have been used for thousands of years. It is rich in antioxidants and antibacterial agents as a topical use for animals but that can irritate their digestive system if ingested.
- Ivy (Hedera Helix)-
Ivy is one of the most common houseplants because it is easy to grow as an indoor plant. Keep this one away from from your pups reach, if ingested, symptoms range from breathing difficulties, rash, paralysis or even coma.
- Jade (Crassula Ovata)-
Crassula ovata, commonly known as jade plant, friendship tree, lucky plant, money plant or money tree, is a succulent plant with small pink or white flowers. This small “tree” is toxic to pets and can cause vomiting, slow heart rate and also depression.
- Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)-
It’s the common houseplant with an uncommon name. Chewing on the leaves of this plant can lead to severe swelling and burning of the mouth and tongue,
All parts of the plant have lots and lots of microscope needle-shaped calcium oxalate crystals and when an animal (or person) chew on the leaves, this can lead to severe swelling and burning of the mouth and tongue, which can in turn lead to difficulty breathing and in severe cases, death.
- Philodendron or Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum Aureum)-
Philodendron has heart-shaped leaves and a deep green color and is popular because of its low maintenance needs. If ingested it can cause in swelling and burning of the mouth and tongue as well as digestive issues, spasms, and even seizures. Devil’s Ivy is a close cousin and can cause similar symptoms.
- Sago Palm (Cycas Revoluta)-
Sago palm is a popular house or outdoor plant known for its feathery foliage and ease of care. Pups should stay far away these since every single part of the plant, the seeds, roots and leaves are poisonous and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and in some cases, liver failure.
- ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas)-
The ZZ plant is an easy to grow and care for indoor plant that displays small glossy leaves on stems which can grow up to 3 ft long indoors. This plant can cause adverse reactions such as vomiting and diarrhea if ingested.
- Elephant Ear (Caladium)-
The Elephant Ear is an indoor favorite for its huge shiny and colorful leaves that can measure up to 2 feet across. However, it’s bad news if ingested and can cause swelling and burning of the mouth and tongue, drooling and vomiting.
- Corn Plant (Dracaena Fragrans)-
Corn plant, also sometimes called mass cane, is very easy to grow with makes it one of the best houseplants for beginners. The Corn plant can be identified by its thick woody trunk and dark green leaves with a lime-green stripe down the center. Vomiting, (sometimes with blood), is the main symptom when the corn plant is ingested, but it can also lead to appetite loss and depression.
- Asparagus Fern-
The Asparagus Fern is normally found in a hanging basket. The frilly, feathery plant appears soft and fuzzy but they actually have thorny spurs.
It doesn’t just cause vomiting and diarrhea if ingested, but it can also create skin irritation if your dog is exposed to it repeatedly.
Life-threatening reactions are rare, but it’s better to be safe. And there are plenty of options for 100% non-toxic houseplants, too.
For a full Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants List, Visit ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals): ASPCA Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: (888) 426-4435
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