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Pet Friendly Plants

Mackenna Rowley

Posted on December 10 2018

Pet Friendly Plants

Pet Friendly Plants

If you have any pets in the house, the last thing you want to worry about is whether your favorite houseplant is going to make them sick. While some plants are considered toxic to animals, don’t worry! There are tons of gorgeous plants that are totally pet friendly, so you, your pet, and your plant can all live happily ever after!

Plant toxicity

Some plants release irritating chemicals that deter hungry, or just curious, animals from taking a nibble. This is known as plant toxicity, and it’s how a plant protects itself from being eaten. The term “toxic” can sound scary, but, generally speaking, most toxic houseplants will only cause mild irritation to your pet unless it eats a ton! And usually your pet will stop eating a toxic plant pretty quickly because of the foul taste or some other mild irritant.

Safe Plants For You and Your Pet

There’s no need to fret over toxic plants because there are so many beautiful, safe plants waiting for you to take home!  Here are a few for you to consider:

  • Pilea peperomioides: Our signature plant, and personal favorite, is not only non-toxic but also amazing and adorable and easy to care for. It’s basically the Mary Poppins of houseplants: practically perfect in every way!
  • Calatheas: This family of stunners has a ton of great options with all different foliage patterns, like the Rattlesnake Plant or the Medallion.
  • Peperomias: These plants are super low maintenance and come in tons of varieties, like the Rosso or White Marble. Even the blackest of thumbs will find success!

 

Pet Reactions to Toxic Houseplants

Generally, if your pet eats a toxic plant, the pet will experience GI-related symptoms, such as diarrhea and vomiting. But a few other symptoms to look for include difficulty breathing or swallowing, increased thirst, no appetite, and lethargy. Symptoms will usually be mild and short-lived, but if you’re worried, or the symptoms are severe, call your veterinarian or the 24-hour APCC emergency poison hotline at 1-888-426-4435.


And if you’re looking for which plants to avoid in order to keep your pet’s tummy happy, check out the ASPCA’s helpful website. You can search for any plant to find out what effect it might have on your favorite animal. Here’s to happy pets and happy plants!

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