Toxic Houseplants to Avoid if You Have Dogs or Cats

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Houseplants are a great way to bring the serenity of nature indoors to our homes, and plenty of plants provide health benefits like removing toxins from the air.

But if your family includes members of the four-legged kind, you should be informed on which plants are toxic to dogs and cats. You likely don’t bring plants into your home just to let your pets chow down on them, but dogs and cats can be quite curious. It’s better to plan on them sneaking around and chewing on your plants behind your back, than assuming that they won’t bother with them.

In order to make sure that the plants in your home are not posing any risks to your pet’s health, check this list of houseplants that can be toxic to cats and dogs.

Common Houseplants That are Toxic to Dogs and Cats

  • Aloe (toxic when ingested, not topically)
  • Amaryllis
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Chrysanthemums, or Mums
  • Corn Plant, or Dragon Tree, Ribbon Plant
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils and Other Narcissus Plants
  • Daisies
  • Dieffenbachia, or Dumbcane
  • English Ivy
  • Eucalyptus
  • Hyacinths
  • Jade
  • Kalanchoe, or Widow’s Thrill
  • Lilies (including Tiger lilies, Day lilies, Stargazer lilies, and Easter lilies)
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Marijuana
  • Oleander
  • Philodendron
  • Poinsettia
  • Pothos, or Devil’s Ivy
  • Sago Palm
  • Snake Plant
  • Spanish Thyme
  • Tulips

While this list isn’t all-inclusive, it does cover a lot of the most popular houseplants that people usually bring into their homes.

You Can Still Have Houseplants if You Have Pets

If you have dogs or cats (or both!) living in your home, I hope that the list of toxic houseplants doesn’t discourage you from bringing plants into your home. It’s just important to know which ones are better to skip over when shopping at your local nursery, greenhouse, or home improvement store.

There are definitely still plenty of houseplants that are safe to bring into your home.

Common Houseplants That are Pet-Friendly

  • African Violets
  • Air Plants
  • Aluminum Plant, or Watermelon Plant
  • Basil
  • Boston Fern
  • Calathea, or Prayer Plant
  • Christmas Cactus
  • Friendship Plant
  • Lace Flower Vine, or Chocolate Soldier
  • Lipstick Plant
  • Parlor Palm
  • Phalaenopsis Orchids
  • Polka Dot Plant
  • Sage
  • Spider Plant
  • Thyme

If you think your animal might have ingested something toxic, you should contact your veterinarian, or the Animal Poison Control Center immediately.