7 Indoor House Plants that are Toxic for Dogs.

Indoor Plants add a nice touch of decor and bright energy to any indoor space. House Plants are mood lifters and help clean indoor air by absorbing toxins. But as dog-parents, one needs to be selective about the greenery they choose to bring indoors. While these house plants are perfectly safe for humans, it's essential to learn how poisonous and deadly they can be for our dogs if swallowed.

Today's article highlights a few popular houseplants that can be poisonous for your curious dogs if ingested and are labeled as mild, moderate, severe, and fatal.

RSPCA Queensland has provided a list of plants that should be kept out of reach of dogs. Check that out if you are a new pet owner. 

Suppose your woofer is curious and has a habit of chewing on random things. In that case, you should be aware of the toxic indoor plants to prevent them from getting their hands on the greens around the house to avoid any intense gastrointestinal sickness. 


1. Jade - This rubber plant, which can live for 100 years - suitable for those lacking a green thumb. It is famous as a "hard to kill" plant. Commonly known as toxic to dogs, it may display symptoms like slow heart rate followed by vomiting and depression if your dog has munched down your tropical tree jade.

Severity - Low

Toxins - Unknown


2. Geranium- The flowering geraniums with more than 200 species of Pelargonium are mildly harmful plants to dogs. Geraniol is a pungent chemical found in this plant and can cause dermatitis or vomiting with poor appetite (anorexia) if ingested by your dog.

Severity - Low

Toxins - Geraniol, Linalool


3. Aloe- Is one of the popular leafy succulents commonly found indoors due to its medicinal uses. 

But Aloes can be poisonous to dogs, only if they binge on it. Aloe containing 500 species comes in various forms like vines and woody shrubs. 

The toxin found in it is known as Saponins, and is moderately harmful to dogs. Symptoms are changes in urine colour, lack of appetite, diarrhea and vomiting.

Severity - Mild to moderate

Toxins - Saponins

Calla Lily

4. Calla Lily- Widespread beautiful house plants are deemed dangerous to dogs by ASPCA. Also known as Piece Lily, White arum, Trumpet lily. It comes from the Araceae containing insoluble calcium oxalates and if chewed causes immediate visible signs of oral irritation and burning, excessive drooling, and difficulty swallowing.

Severity - Mild to moderate

Toxins - Calcium Oxalates and toxic alkaloids

Pencil Cactus

5. Pencil Cactus - A member of Genus Euphorbiaceae is toxic to humans and dogs worldwide if ingested. Containing a milky substance capable of causing severe gastrointestinal ocular and dermal injury. These spiky ornamental houseplant species are primarily poisonous and potentially threaten any of your house pets including cats.

Severity - Moderate to High

Toxins - Sap, diterpene esters with acidic properties

Sago Palm

6. Sago Palm- Landscapers favourite pick - the beautiful sago palm plant. This popular houseplant makes an exciting addition to any room. It is known for its feathery foliage and ease of care, and inability to tolerate too much moisture. However, it should be noted that all parts of it are toxic to dogs if ingested, displaying symptoms of gastrointestinal problems followed by severe seizures, abdominal pain, blood in stool, yellow gums and skin. So caution should be taken if growing Sago plants indoors.

Severity - Very high

Toxin - Cytosine- liver toxin 


7. Strelitzia- This visually stunning plant is known as Bird of Paradise- a beautiful indoor plant that also falls on the list of poisonous plants. It likes full sun to partial shade up to 6 hours per day. From leaves to stems, this plant is high on severity to dogs if ingested, displaying symptoms of dizziness with increased heart rate - vomiting, diarrhea followed by muscle tremors and death.

Severity - Very high

Toxin - Prussic Acid (Hydrogen Cyanide)

Should you choose to cultivate these greens indoors, make sure to keep them out of range of your furry friends as they can be fatal for both dogs and cats. Nothing is more devastating than to see your pet killed in such a preventable way.

Keep your animals safe with this piece of information!

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