These 7 Common Houseplants Are Poisonous to Pets

Pets and plants are both great additions to your home. One adds a sense of zen, purifies the air and can aid sleep, while the other can help lower blood pressure, lessen anxiety, and can even help you get dates (we’re talking about pets not plants here, though perhaps if you’re dating a gardener a plant might work in your favour.)

However, did you know that the combination of the two can be potentially lethal?

Whether you’re a pet owner or pet sitting you should know which plants are harmful to animals.

Dogs Houseplants

Read on for 7 common household plants, according to Apartment Therapy, that you should avoid keeping around pets.

1. Aloe

Symptoms: Vomiting, depression, diarrhea, anorexia, and tremors in both dogs and cats.

2. Lilies

Symptoms: Easter and Stargazer lilies are among those highly toxic to cats but calla lilies and peace lilies (like the potted one above) can cause reactions in both cats and dogs.

3. Dracaena

Symptoms: When ingested, vomiting (with or without blood), appetite loss, depression, and/or increased salivation can occur. Cats who’ve eaten dracaena can also exhibit dilated pupils.

4. Pothos

Symptoms: Burning and irritation of the lips, tongue, and mouth; excessive drooling; difficulty swallowing; and vomiting.

5. English Ivy

Symptoms: Mild breathing difficulty and a rash, to serious effects like paralysis and coma.

6. Jade

This decorative plant can can cause vomiting and a slow heart rate in dogs and cats. Another toxic and harder-to-spot effect of munching on jade is depression.

7. Philodendron

Symptoms: oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.

If you suspect your pet has been poisoned by a household plant whatsoever get in touch with your local vet ASAP.

Instead of ridding your home of any plants however, you can check out this list of non-toxic plants that will keep your house and pet happy.