Protect Your Pets: Toxic & Harmful Plants

Many of us have cats, dogs, or other pets, that at times may want to try a new snack, and take a bite of our houseplants! Because of this, it is sometimes challenging to be both a pet parent and a plant parent. We’ve mentioned several pet-friendly plants in our blog Plants That Are Safe For Your Furry Friends, so now it’s time to make sure you are aware of plants that are harmful, hazardous, or toxic to your pets!

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Plants that are toxic or harmful to pets include:

  • Agave

  • Aloe

  • Anthuriums

  • Asparagus ferns

  • Cacti (not poisonous or toxic to pets, but their spikes can harm your pets)

  • Dieffenbachia

  • Dracaena marginata

  • English ivy

  • Ficus elastica

  • Lucky bamboo plant

  • Monstera deliciosa

  • Peace lilies

  • Sage palm

  • Sansevieria

  • ZZ plants

If eaten by your pets, these plants listed above may cause your pet to experience vomiting or gastrointestinal issues. This can also cause unusual behavior such as your pet acting more sluggish than usual.

What can you do if you love your pets & any of the plants listed above?

Plants that are toxic to pets should either be placed in a location your pets cannot reach and eat. For example, you can use a plant stand or put up a barrier in front of the space with your plant. You can also keep these types of plants in rooms and areas of your home that your pets do not go in!

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