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Dangerous House Plants

Many of us like to bring the outdoors in and have plants growing around the house however, not all of those pretty flowers are safe for your pets. The following is a list of plants that should be kept out of your pets reach or kept outside.

*Plants lovers should watch out for the whole Araceae family*

Elephants Ear

If elephant ear is ingested by your pet, it will cause increased salivation, difficulty swallowing, oral irritation, and vomiting


If your dog puts this one in their mouth, it could cause mucous membrane irritation, intense burning, and irritation of the mouth, lips, and tongue, excessive drooling, vomiting and difficulty swallowing.


Ingestion can cause mucous membrane irritation, intense burning, irritation of the mouth, lips, and tongue, excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.

Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzeranum)

Ingestion could cause mucous membrane irritation, intense burning, irritation of the mouth, lips, and tongue, excessive drooling, and difficulty swallowing.

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

Great for dark places, but if eaten could cause drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

Arrowhead Plant

The plant contains calcium oxalate in its sap, which is harmful if contacted or ingested. You could see vomiting, depression, diarrhea, lack of appetite, chills, and a change in the color of urine.

Pothos/Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum Aureum)

This one can irritate the mouth and tongue, vomiting, increased salivation, and difficulties swallowing. The plant is related to Philodendron, which can cause similar symptoms.

Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia

Eating this leafy plant could cause burning or swelling of the mouth and tongue as well as difficulty in swallowing, vomiting, and increased salivation. In some cases it can cause breathing difficulties and even death.


Any ingestion is cause for an immediate call to your vet. If a dog ingests a significant amount of philodendron, they could experience severe respiratory and digestive issues that could be fatal.


Not all lilies are dangerous but you do need to check for the Peace Lily, Amaryllis (Amaryllis sp.), Flame Lily, Kafir Lily, and Calla Lily. Your dog or cat could start vomiting and have a problem swallowing due to irritated lips and tongue if ingested.

Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise)

Contains hydrogen cyanide which can cause mild nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, difficulty in breathing, less appetite, or death.

American Holly

Can cause vomiting (not in horses), diarrhea, and depression if ingested.


Ouch! Not only can your pet hurt themselves on the spines, but eating it could cause inflammation of the skin. Most cacti are harmful to your dog.


Brunfelsia, whose other popular names are Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Kiss-Me-Quick, or Lady-of-the-Night, contains a stimulant toxin called brunfelsamidine and a depressant toxin called hopeanine which can cause irritation of the mouth and stomach (salivation, vomiting, and diarrhea), muscle cramps, muscle rigidity, paralysis of the nervous system, or coma.

Peyote (Lophophora williamsii)

Unsurprisingly, this cactus can cause psychotropic intoxication, vomiting, diarrhea.


Beautiful, but possesses a mild risk to your pooch. If eaten, the plant coils cause mucous membrane irritation, intense burning, irritation of the mouth, lips, and tongue, excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.

Ti plant (Cordyline terminalis)

Though an easy one to care for, it can cause vomiting (sometimes with blood), depression, lack of appetite, and drooling.

Asparagus Fern (Asparagus setaceus)

While not actually a fern, the consumption of its berries can cause gastrointestinal issues, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.


Typically left alone, geraniums are low risk but they can still cause vomiting, anorexia, and dermatitis.


Gardenia is one of the most fragrant flowers in the world but if your dog decides to try any, you could be smelling something a little worse; vomit, or diarrhea.

Ficus Benjamina

Also called weeping fig, even touching part of this small tree will cause inflammation of the skin and ingestion may irritate the mouth. Similar symptoms occur when pets come in contact with the Rubber Tree Plant (ficus elastica).


This one is best to keep out of any homes with dogs all together, even just a whiff of the oil can affect your dog. Eating it will lead to salivation, vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and weakness.


Consisting of over 40 species of woody and shrubby plants, even just eating some of the bark could cause vomiting (sometimes with blood), depression, lack of appetite, and drooling.


This bright yellow flowering plant creates a poison that affects the heart. Ingestion can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and, although rare, an abnormal heart rhythm.

Desert Rose (Adenium)

Although breathtaking, this one can be extremely dangerous as it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, depression, irregular heartbeat, and, if ingested in high amounts, death.

Sowbread (Cyclamen)

Watch out for this one if you have a digger, eating the roots could cause excessive salivation, vomiting, or diarrhea. At high intake cardiac arrhythmia and convulsions are also possible.

ZZ Plant

Eating any part of this plant could cause mucous membrane irritation, intense burning, irritation of the mouth and lips, tongue, and excessive drooling.

Aloe Vera

Note that the jelly leaves, which provide so much relief to us in the summer, aren’t the harmful part. The rootts and other parts of the plant can upset your dog’s digestive system.

Jade (Crassula Ovata)

You may know it as Jade Tree, Dwarf Rubber Plant, Chinese or Japanese Rubber Plant, Friendship Tree, or Baby Jade. Whatever you call it, an unknown toxin in this little tree can result in vomiting, incoordination (ataxia), a slow heart rate (bradycardia), and/or depression if eaten.


All parts of the plant contain toxic cardiac glycosides as digoxin. Its ingestion can cause colic, diarrhea (possibly bloody), sweating, difficulty with coordination, shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing, muscle tremors, and even death due to heart failure.

Sago Palm (Cycas Revoluta)

Every part of this plant is poisonous, ingesting any part of it can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, and liver failure.


Visible signs that an animal has ingested some part of an azalea plant include excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, difficulty walking, appearing lethargic, tremors or seizures, loss of appetite. Ingestion may result in a coma.


They can give your dog an upset stomach, cause vomiting, make them very 

sleepy or wobbly.


Typically, when dogs and cats ingest yucca, it results in mild vomiting and diarrhea.


Tulips and Hyacinth bulbs contain a toxin which can irritate dogs‘ mouths and gastrointestinal tract, resulting in drooling, vomiting and diarrhea. Serious cases are rare but heart problems and difficulty breathing are also symptoms of Tulip poisoning.

Asteraceae (Daisies, Mums, sunflower)

The daisy family is among the largest plant family, with over 600 species and thousands of subtypes. Eating a large amount of daisies could be enough to cause vomiting, drooling, muscle spasms, or convulsions.

Snake Plant

Nibbling on this Snake’s Tail can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The poison found in the plant has a numbing effect that can cause the tongue and throat to swell.

Instead look for some of these little guys to live up your space without putting your furry family members at risk

Hens and Chicks

Burro’s Tail

Blue Echeveria

 Ponytail Palm


golden cane palm


parlor palm

american rubber plant

xmas cactus


 african violet

babys tears

spider plant

creeping charlie

sweet alyssum

boston fern


 impatience plant


Aluminum plant,


Wax plant,

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