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Dangerous Houseplants for Cats and Dogs


Everybody loves plants. They spruce up a room, they’re cute – heck, they even help reduce stress levels!

They’re also magnets for pets. Put one in your family room and there’s bound to be mystery poop in the pot by the end of the week.

Pets and plants don’t always mix well, but if you’re not careful, you could put your pets in danger.

Yes, really.

Many plants are highly poisonous to animals. Even small amounts cause health issues and countless hours of stress and heartache.

We don’t say these things to scare or upset you, but to make sure you think twice before bringing something toxic into your home.

Here are a few plants you should avoid:

  • Aloe Vera: Good for sunburned humans, bad for our four-legged companions. May cause vomiting, diarrhea, breathing difficulties, drooling, or red urine.
  • Sago Palm: Every part of this plant is toxic, but the seeds do the most damage. May cause diarrhea, paralysis, seizures, increased drinking, bruising, liver damage/failure, nosebleeds, and (in severe cases) death.
  • Lilies: These plants pose a genuine danger, including the Peace Lily, Calla Lily, Kaffir Lily, and Flame Lily. Symptoms of lily poisoning include vomiting, drooling, loss of appetite, paralysis, and abdominal pain. Ingestion can also lead to death in some cases.
  • Philodendron: Popular for its easy upkeep, this plant may cause digestion problems or seizures if your pets get their paws on it.
  • American Mistletoe: Sure, it’s a holiday staple, but your pets could experience low blood pressure, strange behavior (ex: walking as if drunk), vomiting, and diarrhea.

Never assume your pets can’t reach these plants, even if you put them on a high shelf. Always use caution.

Did your pets eat any of these plants? Not sure? Don’t take any chances. Call the 24/7 ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435) or your local vet immediately!


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