Indoor Plants That Can Represent A Threat For Your Dog
Do you love dogs and plants alike? While these two are usually a fortunate combination, there are cases in which plants can look attractive to dogs, especially small puppies. Young dogs and puppies, curious dogs, or bored dogs can end up nibbling on your house plants. This is usually not an issue if the plant is not poisonous or toxic. Unfortunately, many indoor decorative plants are toxic when consumed, both for dogs and cats.
The good news is that you can replace dangerous plants with safer alternatives. For this, you must know which plants can represent a danger and make wiser decisions if you want to decorate your home with green, live plants. You will be surprised to find out that even those plants you considered harmless can do a lot of harm when ingested. In case you’re preparing to become a dog owner, knowing details like this will be extremely helpful. Toxic plants can trigger severe digestion problems in small puppies and some can even put their lives in danger if they are highly poisonous.
In case you have plants around the house, it would be a good idea to put them where your puppy can’t reach them. If you haven’t found your puppy just yet, you may want to go to website and check out all the adorable puppies listed there. When it comes to puppies, Premier Pups is extremely responsible and chooses breeders with care and attention. Also, future dog owners will enjoy guidance and support from the moment they choose the puppy and until the young one is ready to go home.
Getting back to indoor plants, let us see which ones should be avoided and what better alternatives are out there. Just in case, have a pet first aid kit in the house, so you will address any accidents fast and effective.
Bad: Aloe Vera – Good: Haworthia
You probably didn’t suspect that Aloe Vera will be on the bad plants’ list, considering the numerous health benefits this plant has for humans. Well, when it comes to dogs, this plant is not that great, especially for those that tend to chew on everything. Using Aloe Vera gel on the dog’s skin is not an issue, but if ingested, this plant will disturb the functioning of the dog’s digestive system. If you want a plant with a similar aspect, Haworthia is a better choice for pet owners. The visual effect will be the same, even more, spectacular if you opt for the zebra variety, without being a danger for your dog.
Bad: Ivy or Hedera Helix – Good: Swedish Ivy
It is well-known the fact that ivies are toxic or poisonous. While it is true that this plant can be quite spectacular, especially when covering an empty wall, some ivy varieties can be extremely dangerous. If a dog eats ivy leaves, it can experience anything from digestive issues and rashes to paralysis and, in the worst case, comma. A better alternative would be the Swedish ivy. It will offer the same cascade of green leaves and stems, so it can be easily placed on a shelf or in a hanging pot. It requires little attention, it grows fast, and, above all, it is not toxic.
Bad: Jade plant – Good: Christmas cactus
Also known as Crassula Ovata, the jade plant is preferred as a house plant due to its hardiness and ability to live for a very long time. Unfortunately, this plant can cause slowing down of the heart rate and vomiting, if ingested. It is believed that it can also cause depression, which is harder to identify a symptom of this intoxication. To avoid all these, opt for a Christmas cactus instead. It is called this way because it usually blossoms around Christmas, although it’s not a general rule. So, besides safety, this plant will also decorate your house with beautiful flowers, requiring a minimal amount of care.
Bad: Dumb cane or Dieffenbachia – Good: Prayer plant
Dieffenbachia or the dumb cane, as it is commonly called, is an extremely dangerous plant, both for pets and children. Its leaves are very toxic and can produce a set of health problems if ingested. The mouth and tongue can get swollen and a burning sensation can be felt. If the swelling is severe, your dog can experience breathing difficulties, which, in the worst case, can lead to death by suffocation. If you have such a plant in the house, it would be best to replace it with a prayer plant. You don’t have to water it too much or too often for it to look great. Also, it can be placed in shaded areas, as it has rather low requirements concerning light.
Bad: Philodendron – Good: Areca palm
We have to agree that the Philodendron looks beautifully, with its large and bright green leaves. Not to mention that it is a low-maintenance plant, which makes it among the favourite picks of so many homeowners. But if your dog ends up eating its leaves, it can suffer from irritations of the mouth and digestive problems in the best-case scenario. The worst-case presents spasms and seizures, depending on the size of the dog and the amount of plant that was ingested. To avoid problems, opt for an Areca palm instead. It also has a tropical look and can live for very many years if cared properly.
So, it is possible to have both plants and dogs in one single roof. You just need to make sure that the plants you choose to have around don’t pose any kind of dangers. Dogs are curious and will explore their environment with their sense of taste as well, especially puppies. There’s no point in taking any chances when you can easily choose safer plant varieties instead of the more popular yet toxic plants.
Author Troy Clements works as a Marketing Specialist for Premier Pups. He takes great pride in partnering with the best certified breeders in Ohio to offer the highest quality, cutest puppies for adoption. He looks forward to sharing his love for pets with people through the agency.
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