Are Your Pets Safe?


Prioritizing mental health in today’s technology-driven and fast-paced world is more important than ever. Adding vibrant green plants to our living and workspace not only brings a touch of nature but also provides numerous mental health benefits. However, pet owners, especially those with dogs and cats, should be cautious as some houseplants can be toxic to their pets.

We know from many studies and personal experiences there are a host of benefits with indoor plants. For example, purifying the indoor air, and improving mood, productivity, and reducing anxiousness, stress (cortisol), sadness and loneliness.

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Here are a few common indoor plants that may be toxic to our animals if ingested.

Lilies: Although beautiful, lilies can be toxic to cats. Even small amounts of lilies can cause kidney damage.  

Aloe vera: This popular succulent is known for its healing qualities, but if it’s ingested, it can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

Philodendron: The heartleaf variety of philodendron, a common houseplant, can be toxic for both cats and dogs, causing oral irritation, excessive salivation, and difficulty in swallowing.

Dieffenbachia: Also known as dumb cane or leopard lily, contains crystals of oxalate that can cause severe irritation and burning in the mouth and throat for pets

Pothos: These plants can be toxic to pets, causing symptoms such as vomiting, swelling and redness.

Snake Plant: Although it is praised for purifying the air, snake plants are toxic to pets, and can cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

ZZ Plant: This low-maintenance plant can cause vomiting and lethargy in pets when chewed.

The Jade Plant:  Also called the Money Plant, is toxic for pets. It can cause vomiting and depression.

As wellness seekers who value the well-being of your pets, it is important to know the dangers that certain indoor plants can pose.  Sometimes we like the plants we like, and that’s okay! That’s me for sure.  Information is power and the more you know, the more proactive you can be.

At home, create a space for your leafy friends where they can thrive and protect that space from your furry friends.  You can create a safe and harmonious environment for your family by choosing pet-friendly alternatives and creating an animal-friendly home.

A little knowledge and proactive measures can go a long way in promoting health and happiness for both you and your furry and leafy friends.