Household plants may undoubtedly add life to a space, but some of them are actually harmful to your dogs and even deadly if they consume them. The plants on the list below are dangerous to pets because of the toxic compounds they contain. All pet owners are advised to become familiar with these plants because they go by many different names. Additionally, it’s a smart idea to keep a first-aid kit on hand for your pet in case of any accidents.
Although the Lily family of plants is highly diverse, some of its species are poisonous to dogs and cats. While the Stargazer and Easter Lilies are poisonous to both cats and dogs, the Mauna Loa, also known as the Peace Lily, is poisonous to both. In fact, cats may not survive if the Stargazer and Easter Lily are left untreated since it affects the cat’s kidneys and appetite. As for the Peace Lily, if it’s consumed, your dog or cat can start vomiting and struggle to swallow because of irritated lips and tongue.
Aloe Vera is a beautiful plant for people because of its ability to smooth skin, but it has the opposite effect on dogs who are kept as pets. The plant’s other parts can impair a dog’s digestive tract, but the leaves contain a form of gel substance that won’t hurt your pet if it is consumed.
Ivy (Hedera Helix)
We’ve all heard of poison ivy, but even common ivy, which is rather attractive, can be hazardous to dogs. If the plant is consumed, a dog might get a rash and/or have respiratory issues, but things might become lot worse because poison ivy can also cause paralysis or a coma.
Jade (Crassula Ovata)
The Jade plant is also known as Baby Jade, the Friendship Tree, the Dwarf Rubber Plant, the Chinese or Japanese Rubber Plant, and the Jade Tree. Whatever you choose to call it, make sure to keep your pet cat or dog away from it. Although the precise poisons in this plant are unknown, eating it can cause vomiting, ataxia (loss of coordination), bradycardia (slow heartbeat), and/or sadness.
Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)
The poisonous plant Dieffenbachia is also known as Dumb Cane, Exotica, or Tropic Snow, and it is toxic to both dogs and cats. The poisonous chemicals in this plant can cause vomiting, trouble swallowing, burning/swelling of the mouth and tongue, as well as excessive salivation. It may occasionally result in respiratory problems or even death.
Elephant Ear (Caladium)
Other popular names for this vibrant plant species include Malanga, Via Sori, Pai, Taro, Cape, or Ape. Because the compounds in it are comparable to those in Dieffenbachia, the reactions are practically identical. As a result, your pet may experience oral issues, increased salivation or drooling, vomiting, and swallowing issues.
Pothos/Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum Aureum)
The plant, also known as Satin or Silk Pothos, can irritate the mouth and tongue and is poisonous to both dogs and cats. Your pet may also experience nausea, increased salivation, and trouble swallowing. The plant can produce symptoms that are similar to those of Philodendron.
This strange-looking shrub can harm your dog in all of its parts. This applies to everything—leaves, roots, and even seeds. Every portion of the plant is deadly, and eating any of it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even liver failure.
ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas)
Your pet shouldn’t consume this plant because it may cause irritated reactions like diarrhea and vomiting.
This plant, also known as Emerald Fern, Emerald Feather, Sprengeri Fern, Lace Fern, and Plumosa Fern, is harmful to both dogs and cats. If the berries are consumed, the plant’s sapogenin toxin, which is present in the berries, can cause diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and skin inflammation.
This flowering plant will add color to any space, but dogs and cats should avoid it. When ingested, it may cause excessive salivation and drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, an irregular heartbeat, and/or seizures. In extreme situations, it may even be fatal.
There are a number of plant varieties that are suitable for your pet dog to use as decorations in your home because they don’t contain any toxic chemicals or toxins. Hens and Chicks, Burro’s Tail, Blue Echeveria, Ponytail Palm, and Bamboo are the most prevalent and well-liked of these.
What plants are the most dangerous to dogs?
Dogs are poisonous to a lot of plants. Deterring them from chewing on or consuming any vegetation is therefore always a good idea, especially the following plants.
The following plants are the most hazardous to dogs and should never be made available to them under any circumstances:
- Castor oil or castor bean (Ricinus communis)
- Cyclamen (Cylamen spp.)
- Dumbcane (Dieffenbachia)
- Hemlock (Conium maculatum)
- English ivy’s fruit and leaves (Hedera helix)
- Mistletoe (Viscum album)
- Oleander (Nerium oleander)
- Apple thorns or jimsonweed (Datura stramonium)
- any fungus you cannot reliably identify as safe
For a number of reasons, it is best to stay away from this kind of plant. Do not grow them close to your house or bring cut flowers or plants inside:
- Amaryllis (Amaryllis spp.)
- Fall crocus (Colochicum autumnale)
- bloody heart (Dicentra spectabilis)
- Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)
- Chrysanthemum (Compositae spp.)
- bulbs of any variety of flowers
- Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
- Israeli cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum)
- Larkspur (Delphinium)
- Flower of the valley (Convallaria majalis)
- Marijuana (Cannabis sativa)
- Mauna Loa peace lily or peace lily (Spathiphyllum spp.)
- Pothos (both Scindapsus and Epipremnum)
- Rhubarb (Rheum rhaponticum)
- Schefflera (Schefflera and Brassaia actinophylla)
- Navel nettles (Urtica dioica)
- Bulbs of tulips and narcissus (Tulipa/Narcissus spp.)
- Maryland creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
Avoid using these tougher-leafed or woody species in and around your home as they are harmful as well.
- Beijinger tree
- Palm Sago
Additionally, the ASPCA has a comprehensive list of toxic and non-toxic plants, and the Pet Poison Helpline has a list of the Top 10 Plants Poisonous to Pets.
What kind of plant is poisonous to cats and dogs?
Pothos. Scindapsus and Epipremnum, both species of Pothos, are members of the Araceae family. This common household plant can cause serious inflammation and edema of the oral tissues and other areas of the gastrointestinal tract when eaten or consumed.
What houseplants are the most dangerous for cats?
Dieffenbachia (Dieffenbachia amoena)
- Philodendron with cut leaves
- Pothos in gold.
- Jade Tree.
- Golden Pothos with Snake Plant: Part 2 of Reducing Indoor Air Pollution with Houseplants. Master Gardeners from Santa Fe Extension.
- ASPCA Animal Poison Control. Sago Palm.
- ASPCA Animal Poison Control. English Ivy.
- Magill, Alan J., and others
Are ivy indoor plants toxic to dogs?
English ivy and Devil’s ivy/Golden Pothos are two common ivy plants that are somewhat harmful to animals.
Inflammation of the mouth and stomach, excessive drooling, mouth foaming, swelling of the lips, tongue, and mouth, vomiting, and diarrhea.
For cats and dogs, the philodendron family, which includes the Swiss cheese plant, heartleaf, and fiddle-leaf philodendron, has a low to moderate toxicity level.
Oral irritation, mouth, tongue, and lip pain and swelling, excessive drooling, vomiting, and swallowing problems.
Some rubber tree species, including the Japanese, Chinese, Jade, and Indian varieties, are poisonous to both cats and dogs.
Are cats hazardous to spider plants?
Although deemed safe for cats, spider plants are not always safe from cats. Many felines simply can’t help themselves, as was already explained. There is a valid justification for this. Chemicals identified in spider plants are comparable to those in opium. Our feline friends experience a moderate psychedelic impact from these substances. Now that you know why Fluffy often appears fairly wide-eyed after consuming these plants, you can stop wondering.
Are dogs poisoned by snake plants?
Snake plants are exceptionally well-liked indoor plants due to their striking look and ease of maintenance. Unfortunately, they are also toxic to dogs and, if eaten, can result in nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, according to the ASPCA. If you suspect your dog has consumed any part of a snake plant, you should call your vet straight away. Depending on the severity, you might just need to keep an eye on your dog’s symptoms and treat them, or you could need to send your dog to the vet for more forceful treatment. These cleaning advices are for all pet owners.
Cats and snake plants: harmful or not?
Sansevieria trifasciata, sometimes known as the snake plant, is a very common indoor plant since it requires very little maintenance. The ASCPA cautions that cats are poisonous when using it. When swallowed or chewed, the chemical components in snake plants known as saponins cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea in cats.
What to do: Snake plants are less hazardous to cats than aloe, so avoid them. If your cat is displaying symptoms and you feel they are related to chewing on or eating a snake plant, call your veterinarian or a helpline right once. Instructions will be given to you in accordance with how serious your symptoms are.
Change it: The caeroba is a non-toxic plant with a snake plant-like appearance. It’s even occasionally referred to as a “rattlesnake plant.” It still has that lovely winding aspect, but it’s less thick and more billowy than sturdy and straight.
Does the aloe plant poison cats?
A common house plant poses a risk to your cat if it is consumed. In fact, some of the plants you keep inside pose a risk of death if consumed.
Unfortunately, cats are more stubborn than you’d like, and if they get into your houseplants, the combination of their innate curiosity and propensity for mischief can have disastrous effects.
Here is a list of common houseplants that are poisonous to cats, instructions on how to keep your cats away from them, and information on how to recognize the signs of accidental poisoning in cats. Call your veterinarian right away for assistance if you ever have any suspicions about poisoning in your cat.
Because of its health advantages rather than its aesthetics, aloe vera is a common houseplant. Although aloe juice and pulp can be used to cure a number of ailments in humans, cats are extremely toxic to it. Keep aloe plants out of the reach of cats, such as on your refrigerator or in your bedroom, and sprinkle them with vinegar to make them taste less appetizing to intrepid felines.
Aloe can make cats feel sick, lethargic, or have diarrhea. If you suspect your cat has consumed any aloe plant material, contact your veterinarian right once.
If you enjoy growing tomato plants indoors and you also have cats, you might want to reconsider. Toxic to your cat’s delicate system include tomato stems, leaves, and even unripe tomatoes.
With your veterinarian’s approval, ripe tomatoes can occasionally make a tasty treat for your cat, but the rest of the plant can make them sick. Keep tomatoes away from your cat in the garden or in a dedicated greenhouse.
This aromatic plant is a regular fixture in many houses since it has a lovely appearance and an opulent scent. Eucalyptus, whether dried or fresh, is harmful to your cat. After swallowing this strong houseplant, your cat may exhibit symptoms including salivation, convulsions, vomiting, diarrhea, and confusion, among other unsettling signs. Use eucalyptus essential oil in a sealed container in place of fresh or dried plants to keep your cats safe.
Don’t wait for the symptoms to show before taking your cat to the vet if you have any suspicions that they may have eaten eucalyptus. When poisoning occurs in your cat, it may take hours for symptoms to appear as it passes through their kidneys and other important organs. Waiting until your cat shows symptoms of illness can be devastating.
Christmas trees, or their limbs, needles, and pine cones, are a common addition to winter and fall house décor. Despite not being the most dangerous indoor plant on the list, Christmas trees should still be kept away from cats (and dogs). The most hazardous materials are pine needles and sap.
Cats’ stomachs can experience a little upset from Christmas trees. Additionally, pine needles can become choking hazards, so keep an eye out for indications of concern in your cat while they’re around your decor, such as:
- enlarged eyes
- Running in terror
Call your veterinarian right away if you think your cat is choking or showing other signs of poisoning after being around your Christmas tree or its needles. In order to prevent mishaps in the house, it is best to keep cats away from decorative items.
If you believe your cat has been poisoned, your vet can treat them immediately. Call our veterinary staff at Pet Medical Center of Vero Beach right away if you have indoor plants and are unsure about keeping them near your cat. On how to keep your cats secure in your home, we can offer suggestions.