Most gardeners have a lot of houseplants too. I have a bunch and I bring in more plants from the outdoors in the winter. My older dog, Belle, has never chewed on plants, so I have not had to worry about placing them out of reach. I can sit them on the floor, on a table, whatever, and she leaves them alone.
A few years ago, I adopted Charlie, a mixed breed dog that is a little taller than Belle. I soon discovered that he will sometimes chew on the plants in my house. Thank goodness he taste-tested a papyrus plant first – it is not toxic to dogs. But this was a good warning that I now had to keep my plants well out of reach of the dogs.
In light of this, I started to look into the types of house plants that are toxic to dogs. I started to hear stories from friends about their dogs getting sick and sometimes even dying after eating certain plants. This is something every gardener with houseplants needs to know. So below is a list of some of the most common house plants that are toxic to dogs.
This is not a complete list of all plants that are toxic to dogs or can make your dog sick, for a full list of all plants that are toxic to dogs – visit the ASPCA website.
If your dog has eaten any of these plants, call your veterinarian IMMEDIATELY.
There are many elephant ears in the genus Alocasia that are grown as houseplants. This one is called Mayan Mask.
Symptoms include mouth or tongue pain and swelling, excessive drooling, vomiting, irritated mouth, and difficulty swallowing.
Aloes comes in many shapes and sizes and are very common houseplants. These include Aloe vera, Aloe barbadensis, and others.
Symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, and diarrhea.
Amaryllis flower bulbs are often sold in the winter to be grown indoors. Other common names for this plant are naked ladies and belladonna lily.
Symptoms include lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, pain in the abdomen, excessive salivation, depression, and tremors.
Also known as the goosefoot plant, arrowhead vines are a very common houseplant.
Symptoms include swelling of the tongue and mouth, problems swallowing, vomiting, and lots of drooling.
There are a bunch of begonias that are grown as houseplants – Rex begonia, angel wing begonia, was begonia, and so many more!
Symptoms include vomiting and producing lots of saliva.
Ivy is an easy to grow houseplant and it spreads rapidly. There are some variegated varieties that are a bit smaller and used indoors.
Symptoms include vomiting, pain in the abdomen, excessive saliva production, and diarrhea.
Calla lilies come in all sorts of colors – pink, yellow, and white are common. They are very ornamental and sold in florist shops too.
Symptoms include pain and irritation of the mouth and tongue, excessive drooling, trouble swallowing, and vomiting.
Dumb canes are an easy to grow houseplant that I have seen in many gardening and home improvement centers.
Symptoms include pain and irritation/swelling of the mouth and tongue, lots of drooling, vomiting, and trouble swallowing.
Mums and Chrysanthemums
In the fall we start to see mums being sold in garden centers and florist shops.
Symptoms include excessive salivation, skin irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, and a lack of coordination.
This is probably the one plant I will never have in my home. A small dog of one of my friends died from eating the leaves.
Symptoms include vomiting, dark stools, liver failure, liver damage, diarrhea with blood, excessive drinking, jaundice – and even death.
Another very common houseplant is the philodendron. This one is also known as the fiddle-leaf philodendron and a few other common names.
Symptoms include pain, swelling and irritation of the mouth and tongue, excessive drooling, vomiting, and problems swallowing.
Cyclamen is a popular Valentine’s Day plant sold in garden centers and local stores.
Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive salivation. If your dog eats several of the tubers it can lead to seizures and death.
Also known as pothos, golden pothos, or ivy arum, this popular houseplant spreads quickly.
Symptoms include irritation and pain of the mouth and tongue, lots of drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.
Another common florist plant, this might be given as a gift. Flowers can be pink, red, yellow, white, and other colors.
Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and maybe even an arrhythmia.
Mother-in-law's tongue or Snake Plant
A very common houseplant since it can be grown in low light conditions.
Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea.
Commonly found in garden centers or local home improvement stores as a houseplant.
Symptoms include mouth irritation, lots of drooling, and trouble with swallowing.
Once Christmas time comes around, you’ll see poinsettias all over the place.
Symptoms include mouth irritation, stomach pains, and even vomiting.
Also known as dragon tree, ribbon plant, and dracaena.
Symptoms include vomiting, excessive saliva production, depression, and loss of appetite.