House plants and pet safety

10 houseplants safe for dogs

Some dogs, especially puppies, like to chew on household items and lay eggs on the lawn outdoors, so seeing houseplants can be tempting to bite. Knowing which houseplants are safe, if your dog decides to give it a taste, can help prevent serious problems. Not all houseplants are safe for a dog, but fortunately, there are still plenty to choose from.


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Christmas cactus

Christmas cacti are not just Christmas times, and many households enjoy using these houseplants year-round. Fortunately, these flowering plants are quite safe around dogs. Christmas cacti are not toxic to dogs, but as with other houseplants, that doesn’t mean you should let your dog intentionally chew them. Instead, it means they won’t poison your dog if it endures laughter, but it can still have an upset stomach and vomiting, and diarrhea. Christmas cacti like bright, indirect light and are not very tall. However, they spread out, covering about two feet of space, so make sure you have enough space to allow the cactus to grow.


Boston ferns

Not all ferns are safe for dogs, but Boston ferns are not toxic. These popular houseplants such as high humidity, moist soil, and indirect light. They can take up a lot of space and don’t bloom, so if you’re looking for a lot of green without any other color, Boston ferns may be a good option. However, avoid asparagus and lace ferns as these ferns can be dangerous for your dog.


African Violets

African violets look similar to another safe houseplant, called gloxinias, and these small plants are very popular. They have velvety leaves, colorful flowers that are usually shades of purple or pink and are readily available from home decor stores as well as garden centers. African violets are considered low-maintenance plants, but they work best in bright, indirect light on moderately moist soil. Ideally, these plants should suck water from the pot drain instead of pouring water over the leaves and flowers.


Areca Palms

Sometimes mixed with smaller living room palms (which are also safe to keep around dogs), Areca palms can grow very large and have small flowers. These are good houseplants for filling large spaces and like direct light. Good soil removal is important and the room temperature is ideal for these trees to thrive. Keeping these trees in smaller pots will help control how big they grow.


Spider plants

Perhaps one spider plant has been the easiest houseplant to treat, it has been a popular plant for decades. Decorative hanging pot holders often have spider plants and their hanging plants can be displayed, but they can also be placed on a table or shelf and allowed to spread and rest on the surface. Spider plants need bright but indirect sunlight and well-drying soil. If the soil remains too wet, the roots may rot, but otherwise, these plants are quite hardy.


Cast iron plants

These green plants are very hardy houseplants and also non-toxic to dogs. Even in low light, cast iron plants seem to be fine and therefore tolerate perfect shade. If you’re worried about keeping houseplants alive, this plant might be for you. Cast-iron plants can grow to about two meters high and two meters wide and produce small flowers. Direct sunlight is harmful to these plants, so hiding them in a dark corner of your home is no problem.



Orchids are very popular and beautiful plants. They don’t grow very wide, but they get quite tall compared to other small potted flowers like African purple. Fine flowers and long stems are characteristic of these tropical plants, which are of different colors. They require a warm and fairly humid environment, but should not be placed in direct sunlight. Limited watering helps keep orchids happy along with soil with good drainage because the roots need a good flow of air for the plants to thrive.



Like chickens and chicks, haworthias are fast becoming a popular succulent option because they are non-toxic to dogs. These plants don’t need a lot of water, especially in the winter, so they are quite low-maintenance houseplants. However, they need bright, indirect lighting, but if you can take care of it and prevent yourself from watering this little potted plant, succulents should thrive. Haworthias typically grow to only about five inches in height, but some species can be up to 20 inches tall.


Gerbera daisies

Gerbera Daisies are popular as both indoor and outdoor plants because they work well in both environments. They are quite durable, especially when kept outdoors and come in a variety of bright colors. As houseplants, gerbera daisies need a little more attention than if they were kept outside, but if they are watered regularly and have enough light, these beautiful flowers will give a little color to your interiors.


Polka dot plants

If you are looking for another colorful but small houseplant to add to your interior, you may want to consider polka dot plants. This non-toxic houseplant has colorful leaves with a fun pattern. If it doesn’t get enough sunlight, then the leaves don’t have as much color or pattern on them, so this is a good indication of how well you take care of your plants.


Poisonous houseplants for dogs

While most dogs are naturally able to watch out for toxic foods, one can never be too careful. Some plants just look delicious and tempt to chew. Has your four-legged friend ever eaten a poisonous houseplant? The symptoms of poisoning are usually very clear. Symptoms include: severe wheezing, drooling, shaking, wheezing, vomiting, diarrhea, swollen mouth and throat, loss of appetite, and tiredness. So it is best not to bring poisonous plants home.

Your home must be as safe as possible for your dog. Throw away any poisonous plants or move them somewhere (high) that your dog will not reach. If your dog visits a pet sitter, ask them to check their homes for toxic plants as well.


Toxic houseplants

The following common houseplants are dangerous for dogs.



Causes liver and kidney problems. Possible symptoms: leaking eyes and nose, vomiting, and paralysis. May cause death.



Can cause swelling of the tongue and throat, which can suffocate your dog. A very dangerous plant.



cage trees such as a curb tree. Are toxic, irritating mucous membranes.


Giant Troll Leaf

May cause skin irritation.



Very toxic plant, even in small amounts is harmful. May cause cardiac arrest rapidly.



All parts of the plant are toxic, its juice affects the kidneys.


Metroxylon Sagu

Ingestion may cause drooling and vibration. Leads to kidney failure, liver problems, and damage to the nervous system.


Anopin tongues

The toxic juice of the plant irritates the mucous membranes.


Room Aralia

Both the leaves and the stem are toxic and cause vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach, visceral and respiratory problems.

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Written by Sammy

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