Are trendy plants safe for dogs?
Plants and pets are a perfect combination for any house. However, while we may deeply appreciate and wish for the peaceful coexistence of plants and pets, not all species of plants are safe for dogs.
Certain plant species can be harmful to your pet when ingested and cause tremors, seizures, and even death. Dogs like to chew on stuff, and even well-mannered breeds are bound to have a bite out of a houseplant.
If you are curious about which types of plants are unsafe for your dog at home, here is a list with more information.
These plants are known for having deeply lobed green leaves and small lavender flowers on different stems. They tend to grow up to 3 feet tall and enjoy sunny conditions. Citronella plants are one of the most popular houseplants, and when crushed, they are great mosquito repellent.
The leaves of citronella are packed with naturally occurring oil that is oil insect repellent.
Most people tend to plant citronella in containers and pots on the patio, veranda, or other places where people gather to repel mosquitoes.
However, it is important to keep the pot and containers away from your curious dog, who might want to take a bite of the plant. Even a mere rub against this plant can cause your dog to experience dermatitis.
Both feng shui and Vastu experts recommend that you plant cactus in our homes. However, if you have a dog, planting cactus can be problematic since it has toxic properties.
Most succulent plants are now for containing skin irritants that may cause minor skin irritation to your dog.
However, if you decide to have cactus as a houseplant, make sure your dog doesn’t come near it. Dogs are naturally curious animals and will often smell and taste everything they come across.
Pothos is perhaps one of the most dangerous plants for dogs. Also known as Devil’s Ivy, Silk Pothos, or Satin, this plant is poisonous for both dogs and cats and can irritate the tongue and mouth.
Moreover, your dog might also experience severe vomiting, swallowing difficulties, and increased drooling.
Other symptoms of pothos in dogs include oral inflammation, irritation of the lips and mouth, respiratory distress, irritation of the eyes, pawing at the mouth, and calcium oxalate crystalluria.
Luckily for you, the ever-popular ZZ plant cannot harm your dog if ingested. But this is not to say you shouldn’t take precautions, as it can cause some uncomfortable symptoms such as mucous membrane irritation, irritation in the lips and mouth, intense burning sensation, and excess drooling.
It is also a great houseplant thanks to its low light-dependent and hardy nature. However, there has been misinformation about this plant, with many people believing that it could cause cancer and only be handled while wearing gloves. But these are just untrue rumors with no basis.
While it can harm your dogs and even you, it is not lethally toxic, and if your pet ingests it, it should be fine after all.
However, one of the symptoms of the ZZ plant in dogs is vomiting, which means your pet will be left dehydrated. This can cause death in dogs, and thus, make sure your dog is sufficiently hydrated.
Spider plants are known in feng shui for helping purify the air and help relieve stress while enhancing focus and concentration. They tend to thrive in a lot of indirect sunlight and high humidity, making them ideal for a sunny window.
Besides the fact that they can’t grow in low-light areas, spider plants are also known for being non-toxic to dogs.
When dogs ingest them, they will experience vomiting, stomach upset, or diarrhea. So make sure you discourage your pet from eating spider plants or any other non-toxic plant, for that matter.
The snake plants are known for purifying the air in our living space by absorbing toxins using their leaves and producing oxygen in exchange.
As a matter of fact, the snake plant is the only plant suitable for a feng shui bedroom. While most plants produce carbon dioxide at night or in the dark in the absence of photosynthesis, the snake plant continues to produce pure oxygen.
Also known as the mother-in-law plant, the snake plant is also known for bringing good luck due to its ability to consume toxic gases from our air, removing toxins such as benzene and formaldehyde.
But is it safe for your dog? The snake plant is mildly poisonous to dogs. It contains saponins, a naturally occurring chemical produced by this plant to protect it from microbes, insects, and fungi, and is known for causing gastrointestinal upset in dogs.
Philodendron is known for helping to balance the feng shui Fire Element; philodendron is a common houseplant with leaves shaped like a heart, mimicking fire element. The plant is known for bringing light into the life of those living in the house.
It can grow in poorly lit areas in the house, and thus it is ideal in dark corners where the feng shui energy is low.
Philodendron is also known to represent great wealth and abundance in Feng Shui.
However, philodendron may not be safe for your dog or cat, especially if ingested and has symptoms such as oral irritation, vomiting, inflammation, and excessive drooling.
The dieffenbachia plant is also one of the most common indoor plants known for tolerating low light and having slow growth.
Also known as Tropic Snow, Dumb Cane, or Exotica, this plant is toxic to both cats and dogs and can lead to burning and swelling of the tongue and mouth and vomiting, difficulty swallowing, and excessive drooling.