Household Plants That Are Dangerous For Dogs–A Comprehensive Guide

Insurance Navy Auto Insurance Household Plants That Are Dangerous For Pets A Comprehensive Guide

Decorating a home with beautiful greenery is both common and delightful. Whether it’s one bouquet of flowers or an assortment of unique shrubbery. There are many ways to use nature to your advantage while indoors. However, if you own a dog then you need to be extra careful about which plants you choose to have in your home. There are many basic household items that can hurt or even kill your beloved pet. As we covered in a recent blog, things like avocados, fabric softener sheets and even Onion can cause harm to dogs. Because we love our precious pets too, we want to help keep yours safe. So, to help keep you as informed as possible, we’ve constructed this list. It presents common household plants that are dangerous for dogs to interact with.

It’s important to know that factors such as how much of the plant is ingested can affect the symptoms seen. That being said, these are a list of the common symptoms which arrive after a dog has eaten, chewed on, sniffed or rubbed up against it.

Aloe Vera

Symptoms: Vomiting, Diarrhea, Depression, Anorexia, Urine Discoloration, and (in rare cases) Tremors.

Asparagus Fern

Symptoms: Vomiting, Diarrhea, and Skin Irritation.


Symptoms: Drooling, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Abdominal Pain, Inappetence, Abnormal Heart Rate, Heart Arrhythmias, Weakness, Hypotension, Depression, Tremors, Transient Blindness, Seizures, and Coma.

Bird Of Paradise

Symptoms: Nausea, Vomiting, and Drowsiness.

Caladium (or “Elephant Ear”)

Symptoms: Swelling and Burning of the Mouth and Tongue, Excessive Salivation, and Vomiting.

Chinese Evergreen

Symptoms: Oral Pain and Swelling, Vomiting, Difficulty Swallowing.

Crassula Ovata (or “Jade Plant”)

Symptoms: Vomiting, Slow Heart Rate, and Depression.

Cycas Revoluta (or “Sago Palm”)

Symptoms: Vomiting, Diarrhea, and Liver Failure.

Desert Rose

Symptoms: Vomiting, Diarrhea, Depression, Irregular Heart Rhythm, and Death.

Dieffenbachia (or “Dumb Cane”)

Symptoms: Swelling and Burning of Mouth and Tongue, Difficulty Breathing, and Death.

Dracaena Fragrans (or “Corn Plant”)

Symptoms: Vomiting (sometimes with blood), Loss of Appetite, and Depression.

Epipremnum (or “Pothos”/”Devil’s Ivy”)

Symptoms: Severe Oral Irritation, Digestive Issues, Spasms, and Seizures.

Hedera Helix (or “Ivy”)

Symptoms: Breathing Difficulties, Rash, Paralysis, and Coma.


Symptoms: Drooling, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Abdominal Pain, Abnormal Heart Rate, Collapse, Hypotension, Ataxia, Seizures, and Death.

Peace Lily

Symptoms: Intense Oral Irritation, Excessive Drooling, and Difficulty Swallowing.


Symptoms: Severe Oral Irritation, Digestive Issues, Spasms and Seizures.


Symptoms: Vomiting, Drooling, Diarrhea, Dermal Irritation, and Mild Conjunctivitis.

Rhubarb Leaves

Symptoms: Hypocalcemia, Tremors, Drooling, Stomach Irritation, Renal Failure.


Symptoms: Drooling, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Increased Heart Rate, Increased Respiratory Rate, and Difficulty Breathing.

Now that you’ve read through this comprehensive safety guide, you’re one step closer to making your home a safe place for your pets. As you can see, it’s a fairly random list of household plants that are dangerous for pets to interact with, particularly cats and dogs. That’s why it’s so important to know which plants are harmful to your pets. Many people don’t realize that something as common and festive as Mistletoe is dangerous for dogs to play with but unfortunately, it is the case.

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