Here are the 23 nontoxic plants that won’t hurt your fluffy friends. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) can help.
They have an online tool that notes hundreds of different plants that are toxic for dogs, cats, and horses. You can also call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center phone number: (888) 426-4435.
If your pet has noshed on a toxic plant call your veterinarian ASAP. Banana plants are a safe alternative to elephant ears.
They kinda look like aloe but won’t give your pet a nasty case of the trots. The Parthia attenuate has a zebra design that’s the perfect natural touch to a modern interior.
The baby rubber plant looks a bit like the toxic-to-pets-but-beloved-on-the-gram fiddle leaf fig. Bromeliads are tropical plants that thrive in high humidity.
Even the most notorious houseplant killers will find them easy to care for. Spider plants like indirect sunlight and cool air.
Gerber daisies are bright, cheery flowers that are perfect for bouquets or vases. It thrives in low light, doesn’t need a lot of water, and requires no pruning.
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance indoor flowering plant, the African violet is def for you. African violets are cute little flower that comes in shades of pink, red, and (mostly) purple.
Their dark green leaves are speckled with pale pink spots (or is it the other way around?). It should handle the sunny spots in your house that are too bright for other plants.
The wax plant (aka Goya) has thick, green leaves and tiny clusters of flowers that look like (you guessed it!) Its long leafy vines look great in a hanging planter.
Venus fly traps can look pretty darn intimidating. If you can get over the creepy fact it’s a flesh-eating plant you may start to see your Venus as a pet in its own right.
Marigolds are cheery flowers that grow in shades of yellow, orange, and red. They love the sunshine, so they’re great outdoors in hanging baskets or in flowerbeds.
They also make a perfect border for your veggie garden, as they attract pollinators like bees and ladybugs. Unwanted critters like rabbits, squirrels, and deer will steer clear because they dislike the taste.
These trees provide tons of shade and visual interest to your yard once fully grown. They fill up with clusters of white flowers that grow into dark red berries.
In the summer they practically explode with pink, red, or purple blooms. You don’t have to give up #Transparent life to protect your fur babies.
Brighten up your indoor space with the blooms that can be violet, blue, pink or white. This low maintenance flowering houseplant is completely pet- safe and can grow in low-light.
Add a splash of color with the various varieties of different hues of African daisy. These can be an interesting addition to any space because of the unique trait of growing without soil and low maintenance.
Not only this plant is safe for pets, but it also removes toxic gases from the surrounding air like formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. The first thing that comes to mind when you hear orchids is undeniably beautiful blooms and fragrance.
And why not, orchids deserve to be praised for these attributes and also for the fact that they are safe for dogs. Rosemary is listed as a nontoxic plant for pets on the ASPCA website.
One of the best dog friendly plants to grow indoors is bird’s nest fern. Basically, it’s an epiphyte and grows anywhere from tree trunks to buildings in its natural climate.
Rosette of leaves with zebra-like white stripe pattern is a show stealer, and it doesn’t harm your pooch. It’s not just a plant it’s a form of art with foliage which looks like antlers of stag deer.
Leaves and flowers appear as if they are carved out of wax, which is a super cool way to amaze guests. Plus, the sweet smell of flowers fills the room with enticing fragrance.
According to its name, this houseplant is extremely hardy and low maintenance and a perfect choice for newbies. Although it works out in our favor as unlike other true ivy plants, it’s not poisonous.
So before you plan your home foliage or your backyard garden, it’s important to consider your pup’s safety. This fall-blooming flower can cause mouth and stomach irritation, severe digestive upset (possibly including bloody vomiting), damage to multiple body organs (such as the liver and kidneys), bone marrow suppression, seizures, and even death.
These flowering plants can cause vomiting and diarrhea, loss of appetite, weakness, heart problems, and even coma and death. If ingested, foxglove can cause vomiting and diarrhea along with heart problems, which may be fatal.
Also, some species (such as the calla lily), contains a substance that’s highly irritating and can cause painful burns to a dog’s mouth, lips, and throat. In addition to causing gastrointestinal upset, excessive drooling, and seizures, the effects on the heart can be fatal.
Additionally, large ingestion of most of these flowers (especially the bulbs) can cause drooling, tremors, breathing difficulties, and an abnormal heart rate or rhythm. Daffodil ingestion can lead to seizures and dangerously low blood pressure.
However, the rest of the plant can cause adverse effects including digestive upset, weakness, disorientation, dilated pupils, and a slow heart rate. In addition to Easter favorites like lilies and tulips that were mentioned above, certain holiday seasonal plants are best avoided.
This plant also causes stomach upset, which may be accompanied by more severe effects like an abnormal heart rate, difficulty breathing, seizures, collapse, and (in large amounts) death. This may be more difficult to detect, since most pet parents don’t routinely check their pup’s pulse.
Don’t try to do home treatments or make your pup vomit, unless instructed to do so by your veterinarian or a pet poison control expert. Also, be wary of other potential hazards, such as sharp thorns, or thick branches or fibers that could cause an intestinal obstruction if ingested.
With all the plants that grow in a variety of climates and environments, it would be impossible to cover all of them here. So, keep in mind there are other plants not on this list that could present risks if your pup is exposed.
It’s important to determine whether a plant is toxic to dogs before you bring it into your home. To be on the safe side, do your research before bringing any new plant into your home or yard.