Poisonous Plants Pet Owners Should Know

You’re already a pet parent, and now you’re thinking about adding plant parent to your resume. But before you go out to the local nursery to purchase your plants, make sure to do the research to ensure that everyone in your home can stay safe around the new leafy additions.

9 Plants That Are Toxic to Pets

While many plants can help improve productivity, boost your mood, and even positively impact your indoor air quality, there are a large number of common plants that can be extremely toxic to your pets. Keep these plants away from pets to prevent accidental poisoning.

  1. Amaryllis: Contains toxins that can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hypersalivation, anorexia, and tremors.
  2. Azalea/Rhododendron: Can produce vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, weakness, and depression of the central nervous system in animals. Severe azalea poisoning could ultimately lead to coma and death from cardiovascular collapse.
  3. Chrysanthemum: If ingested they may produce gastrointestinal upset, including drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea. In certain cases, depression and loss of coordination may also develop if enough of any part of the plant is consumed.
  4. English Ivy: If ingested by pets, can result in vomiting, abdominal pain, hypersalivation, and diarrhea.
  5. Lilies: Highly toxic to cats. Even ingesting a very small amount of the plant can cause severe kidney damage.
  6. Marijuana: Ingesting Cannabis sativa can result in depression of the central nervous system and coordination problems, as well as vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, and increased heart rate. Serious cases can lead to seizures and coma.
  7. Oleander: Serious effects can include gastrointestinal tract irritation, abnormal heart function, hypothermia, and even death.
  8. Peace Lily: Plants contain calcium oxalate crystals that can cause oral irritation, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing, and intense burning and irritation of the mouth, lips, and tongue in pets who ingest.
  9. Tulip/Narcissus Bulbs: The bulb portions of Tulipa/Narcissus spp. contain toxins that can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation, drooling, loss of appetite, depression of the central nervous system, convulsions, and cardiac abnormalities.

6 Pet-Safe Houseplants

Choosing the correct plants for your home and your furry friends can seem overwhelming, but there are safe, non-toxic choices out there. Try some of these plants that won’t harm your pets and can keep your home beautiful:

  • American Rubber Plant, Peperomia obtusifolia
  • Parlor Palm, Chamaedorea elegans
  • Spider Plant, Chlorophytum comosum
  • Zebra Haworthia, Haworthia fasciata
  • Calathea, Calathea lancifolia
  • Areca Palm, Dypsis lutescens

For simple ways to keep your indoor air quality clear and fresh without putting your pets at risk. Contact Sierra Air Inc for our many indoor air quality solutions! (775) 800-5500