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Popular Houseplants That Are Toxic to Dogs

This one is specifically for all dog lovers and plant lovers. Watching some of your prized plants getting destroyed by your dogs can be a little frustrating. This can not only be bad for your plant collection, but it can also be dangerous for your dog.

If you have a dog, take extra caution while getting yourself house plants. Do check this list to ensure you don’t bring in plants that could harm your fur babies.

1.  Fiddle Leaf Fig

This is some sad news but the internet’s most famous houseplants - the fiddle leaf fig is toxic to dogs if they ingested. Revered by interior decorators this medium to large-sized houseplant is used to pep up dull corners. Unfortunately, if your dog is prone to chewing on plants, please make sure you don’t bring this leaf fig into your home. Toxic Properties: Insoluble calcium oxalates

2. Philodendron

This is a tropical plant that is most beloved amongst indoor gardeners thanks to their ease of care. While this plant has a few varieties that are harmless to the touch they are toxic to both dogs and cats if ingested. The symptoms can be poisoning include oral irritation, swelling, vomiting, trouble breathing, and excessive drooling. Toxic Properties include: Insoluble calcium oxalates

3. ZZ plant

ZZ plants called (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia) have recently caused a stir thanks to their overall low- maintenance and excellent survival skills in complete darkness, they make an excellent low-light plant. Sadly the ZZ plants are toxic to dogs and people as well. If ingested it can cause difficulty in breathing, vomiting, swelling, irritation, etc.

● Toxic Properties include: Insoluble calcium oxalates

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera, a medicinal plant for humans can paradoxically be quite toxic when ingested by dogs. This plant is a relatively love-maintenance plant and because of its value to it’s a common house plant. While it’s harmless and aids humans in wellness, it is toxic to dogs and if ingested it will call symptoms like lethargy, vomiting, and gastrointestinal issues. ● Toxic Properties are Saponins, anthraquinones.

5. Bird of paradise (Strelitzia)

These are tropical houseplants and are popular due to their foliage and stunning orange and blue flowers that resemble birds in flight. Interestingly the most infamous part of this paradise plant is the flower - which is the most toxic part of this plant. The symptoms can include excessive drooling, rapid pulse, muscle tremors, and in some severe cases even death. Toxic Properties includes: Prussic acid, tannins

These are some of the house plants that are a big NO if you have a dog at home. As a pet owner make sure you have plants and pets that can coexist.

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