The following are popular, but toxic houseplants.
Please be aware, however, that there are other toxic houseplants not listed here.
If you are uncertain whether a plant is toxic to your dog (and other family members), contact your veterinarian or do a search of the plant's name on the Internet.
All of the Araceae plants listed here contain needle-like crystals of calcium oxalate.
These crystals are responsible for the following symptoms:
intense burning and irritation of the mouth parts, including the lips and tongue, excessive drooling, swallowing difficulties and vomiting.
Some species have a sap that causes moderate to severe itching if the sap contacts the skin.
Dracaenas (Agavaceae family)
Dracaenas cause vomiting, inappetence (loss of appetite), drooling, incoordination, weakness, and depression.
These ferns cause allergic dermatitis with repeated contact with the plant.
Eating the berries can cause vomiting, abdominal pain and/or diarrhea.
Hanging these toxic houseplants, instead of keeping them on tables or plant stands, will keep them out of your dog's reach.
Removing these toxic houseplants will go a long way towards ensuring that your dog remains with you in good health for many years.
If you don't want to get rid of them, place them out of his reach. And make sure to pick up any fallen leaves before he finds them.
Or look to alternatives. Silk plants have come a long way in terms of realism, although you may miss the scents and the air-freshening qualities of some houseplants.
When it comes to beautiful and safe houseplants, there are many choices for nontoxic plants. Visit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals site for a long list of nontoxic garden plants.
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