Houseplants That Are Toxic to Pets
Before bringing in a new plant it’s important to know which houseplants are toxic to pets. Do you have houseplants, or are thinking of adding some to your home? Then check out these tips!
Many common houseplants are toxic to pets. These include:
- Aloe Vera
- Ivy Plants
- Jade Plants
You might even have one of these and didn’t even realize it. We have them around anyway and most of the time our pets are fine with them, but there are times when we should be more concerned.
Times when you need to worry about pets and plants:
- When you get a new plant: New things are always exciting and worth investigating. This can lead to accidental ingestion.
- When you have a new pet or have a pet visiting your home: These animals aren’t used to your plants (or maybe being around plants in general) and should be observed before being left alone with them. Never leave a pet alone with a houseplant that is toxic to pets.
- When you move a plant around in your home: Same thing as the new plant, except your pet thinks it’s a new plant even when it isn’t.
How to keep your pets safe:
- Know which of your plants are toxic.
- Keep an eye on your plants for any evidence your pets are messing with them.
- Put plants out of reach if possible – either on a high to reach shelf or in a locked room your pets can’t get into.
- Call the pet poison helpline if your pet has eaten or chewed on one of your plants.
Did you know that there are some plants that are poisonous to cats but not dogs? Check out our guide for what plants are poisonous to cats.