9 Common House Plants That Could Be Fatal For Your Pet

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Do you have questions about which common house plants could be poisonous? We are here to answer them! There is a remarkable cultural shift towards the contemporary notion of parenting as more Millennials and Gen Zs put off the conversation about starting a family. According to a recent study, 22% of this generation prefers dogs to children. Not only are there adorable dogs and cats, but there has also been a noticeable increase in plant parenthood.

And it doesn’t matter if you belong in the plant/pet or plant/pet and kids’ house—our “fur babies” and “flora babies” positively impact our lives. However, we must ensure that every living thing can live peacefully in a household where they do, especially about the safety of dogs near gardens and indoor plants.

Our Goals as Pet Parents

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As animal lovers, we want to provide a secure and contented environment for our pets inside and outside the home. Yet, indoor and outdoor plants can be dangerous for our dear roommates. Comprehending which plants pose a threat to our four-legged friends and learning how to design a pet-friendly environment is essential for their well-being. This blog will discuss common plants that may be toxic to pets and advise on selecting safer substitutes and managing incidents with plants.

Common House Plants Poisonous To Cats and Dogs

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Growing plants inside is an excellent way to add live things to your house. However, research houseplants before purchasing them to ensure they are safe for your four-legged friends and growth circumstances. These are a few to stay away from:

Sago Palm:

The sago palm (Cycas revoluta), grown for its eye-catching fronds and carefree disposition, is a cycad. The plant, albeit attractive, is exceedingly dangerous if pets eat any part of it, with the seeds being the most lethal. Cycasin is the poisonous principle; symptoms include internal hemorrhaging, jaundice, liver failure, drooling, vomiting, bloody feces, and fluid retention in the abdomen area. Due to the severity and seriousness of the symptoms, prompt medical attention is required.

Jade Plant:

The jade plant (Crassula ovata), a succulent first brought to homes decades ago, is prized for its thick, juicy leaves, which resemble robust trees, giving it an air of exoticism. It is harmful if dogs or cats consume any portion of the plant; its poisonous nature is unclear. The usually moderate symptoms include depression, tiredness, loss of appetite, vomiting, and, in severe cases, a slowed heartbeat or convulsions.

Amaryllis:

An enormous amaryllis bulb (Hippeastrum) develops a tall, sturdy stem with massive, trumpet-shaped flowers in various hues, making it a favorite among those offering Christmas gifts. Lycorine is a toxic principle that is mild to moderately dangerous to dogs and cats. It can produce tremors, depression, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, hypotension, and excessive salivation. Compared to the leaves and flowers, the bulbs are more poisonous.

Aloe Vera:

Aloe (Aloe vera) is a common succulent that grows naturally in tropical places worldwide and is well-known for its numerous medicinal purposes. Cultivated for its spiky architectural form and ease of maintenance, aloe vera can be cultivated indoors or outdoor plants in warm regions. The main application of leaf gel is as a topically applied burn salve. Aloe vera is internally used for a variety of various medical conditions. Saponin, a toxin found in aloe species, has foaming qualities akin to soap and can harm dogs if consumed. Vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, color changes in the urine, and (in rare cases) tremors are among the symptoms. Most of the time, toxicity is mild to moderate, but in rare circumstances, consumption may be fatal due to the potential for severe dehydration.

Weeping Fig:

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The weeping fig (Ficus benjamina), a widely grown tree native to Asia and Australia, is planted outside in warmer parts of the United States. It is planted as a houseplant because of its glossy leaves, attractive arching habit, and ability to withstand various growth environments. Rubber tree, Indian rubber plant, and Benjamin’s fig are some other names for it. The plant’s all-around toxic enzyme, fiction, may break down proteins necessary for tissue repair in dogs, making it harmful to cats and dogs. Fucisin, another hazardous material, can irritate the skin when exposed to sunlight and cause photosensitivity. Some symptoms include agitation, diarrhea, drooling, appetite loss, mouth pain, and vomiting. Blisters, inflammation, and redness are examples of skin symptoms.

Philodendron:

The philodendron has long been a favorite among houseplant enthusiasts because of its extensive adaptability to various growing circumstances and low light levels. Favored for its ornamental leaves and creeping habit, the heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron scandens) is one of the easiest houseplants to cultivate. Often called the “sweetheart plant,” if chewed or consumed by cats or dogs, the leaves may be poisonous. Chewing or biting into any plant part releases the toxic component of the calcium oxalate crystals. Drooling, mouth soreness and swelling, decreased appetite, vomiting, and (in rare cases) narrowing of the airways are some of the symptoms. Most of the time, toxicity is low to moderate.

Begonia:

Begonia (Begonia spp.) is a popular houseplant and garden plant for its colorful flowers and eye-catching heart-shaped leaves in various colors and patterns. The toxic principle, soluble calcium oxalates, which are more abundant in the underground tubers than the leaves and stems, is poisonous to cats and dogs if consumed. Vomiting, diarrhea, mouth soreness, dehydration, difficulty swallowing, loss of appetite, and excessive salivation are among the usually mild side effects.

Zz Plant:

The ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia), whose name has been shortened for convenience by the nursery trade, is one of the hardest-working and most tolerant houseplants. This is a fantastic choice for people with hectic lifestyles because of its graceful arching habit and lustrous, meaty leaves, which hold up well in low light and even flourish on neglect. Pets consuming calcium oxalate have a mild to moderately hazardous effect that might result in swelling of the skin, mucous membranes, or eyes. Most of the time, diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach aches symptoms should go away independently.

Dumb Cane:

With its white and green variegated leaves, dumb cane (Dieffenbachia) adds a lush, tropical appeal to any room without requiring much maintenance. Known by another name, leopard lily, it is one of the most popular houseplants. Despite its beauty, the plant contains harmful enzymes and oxalate crystals that burn pets’ mouths when they eat on the leaves or stems. Drooling, vomiting, oral pain, decreased appetite, and (very infrequently) trouble breathing or swallowing are among the mild to moderate symptoms.

Gen Z Parenting and Common House Plants

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All right, so parenting these days isn’t just about human kids. More Millennials and Gen Zs are like, “Nah, I’ll take a dog instead” (22% globally). And plants are joining the party, too. Whether you’re team “fur babies,” all about the “flora babies,” or doing a combo, these little buddies bring some good vibes. But, here’s the deal – gotta make sure everyone, pets and plants, can chill together. We especially have to keep our dogs away from the troublemaker plants. As pet parents, our main gig is creating a laid-back and safe spot for our crew. This blog is your heads-up on plants that might mess with your four-legged pals, plus tips on picking safer options. Let’s keep it easygoing at home for all our buddies, whether they’ve got fur or leaves!