The house plant craze is in full swing. According to the National Gardening Survey, Americans spent $52.3 billion on lawn & gardening in 2019…and with 2020 looking the way that it has, we know everyone is stocking up on comforting and air purifying houseplants. We’re all for bringing the outside in, but be careful that those new plants (although Instagrammable) aren’t harmful to our dogs. Here are a few popular indoor plants you should be sure to keep away from your dog:
Why are these specific species harmful? These various plants (among others) contain naturally occurring chemical compounds like Saponins, Cycasin, or insoluble calcium oxalates that can cause unpleasant reactions such as diarrhea, vomiting, oral irritation, etc.
The Sago Palm is one of the most poisonous plants for dogs, if ingested, this plant can lead to liver failure and possibly death – needless to say, keep this one far away from your dog.
Elephant Ears, if eaten, can cause swelling and burning of the mouth and throat - if not immediately treated, your dog's tongue could swell to the point of blocking his/her airway!
Snake Plants can pose a threat to your dog's gastrointestinal tract - a serious belly ache could occur, accompanied by diarrhea and vomiting.
Philodendron, as well as the Fiddle-leaf will cause swelling of the mouth, drooling, and potentially vomiting.
The Calla Lily, as well as it's sisters Peace Lily and Peruvian Lily, contain oxalate crystals that will cause oral and esophagus irritation.
Although Aloe is a human favorite for treating sunburns and increasing hydration, the Saponins in Aloe could cause your dog diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, and lethargy.
The ASPCA advises that if you suspect your pet may have ingested a potentially toxic substance, call the APCC at (888) 426-4435 or contact your local veterinarian as soon as possible.