Five Common Houseplants That Could Make Your Pets Seriously Sick
House plants are as safe a bet as you can find as far as gifts go. You can give them to your mother on mother's day, something she can take care of while you're away. When a friend homes into a new home that needs some furnishing, a plant can surely liven the room up a little bit. In your own apartment, a potted plant over there can be a nice addition in that corner.
There's a plant craze, too, surging out of our pandemic lives into the new normal. But have you ever stopped and thought about how they would do with your pets? Sure, having a dog or cat and some plants can make for some pretty cool Instagram stories. But most people don't know that some of the more common houseplants we have in our homes can literally kill our cats and dogs.
They may have animal instincts that tell them what's toxic and what isn't, but you can never be too cautious, after all. So the next time you're thinking of buying some of these plants for you or for a loved one, you should make sure any pets are safe from them.
Aloe Barbadensis Miller (Aloe Vera)
We use it for our hair, skin, and body because of its wonderful properties. For dogs, however, it can harm their digestive system.
Zamioculcas Zamiifolia (Zz Plant)
While popular, this unkillable plant is deceptively toxic. It isn't necessarily lethal. But if could cause your pet (or even friend) some intense irritable reactions when digested.
Dieffenbachia Amoena (Dumb Cane)
It isn't as dumb as it sounds, okay? This plant is straight-up poisonous to dogs and cats. It will lead to swelling and a burning sensation in the mouth and tongue when ate. In a worst-case scenario, it can lead to breathing troubles and potentially death.
Hedera Helix (Ivy)
An ivy-covered gate, corridor, or wall can definitely give a space some much-needed character. They're charming—a little too charming, in fact. Dogs can develop some mean rashes or breathing issues from these things. Some pets even succumb to coma or paralysis.
Epipremnum Aureum (Pothos)
Silk Pothos can irritate a cat's or dog's mouth just like that. Vomiting and swallowing difficulties might arise, as well. Philodendrons are a cousin to these things and can also cause similar symptoms.