7 Gorgeous Houseplants That Are Safe for Dogs

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Looking to decorate with houseplants, but worried about your dog getting into them? Here are some houseplants that are safe to keep around dogs!

There are a lot of struggles that come with owning a dog. Between vet visits, taking them out all the time, and training them to behave, it can feel like a full-time job some days.

So with all of that time and effort put into raising your pet, the last thing you want to do is put out houseplants that could potentially poison your pooch.

Several plants that look great around a house could be detrimental to your pet’s health. Ingesting certain plants can lead your dog to have an upset stomach, diarrhea, or worse. Fortunately, various plants are perfectly safe for your pets to be around.

How can you know which is which? That’s where we come in! Check out the list below to see some of the best houseplants to keep around your pup.

It might be tough to understand where to begin with Plant care if you don’t know where to start. But you’ll notice all the amazing benefits of being a plant parent once you understand the basics of plant care and establish a routine.

1. Ferns

If you’re looking for a robust and traditional plant for your home that won’t pose any danger to your dog, look no further than a fern. There are several varieties of fern to choose from, but some of the best looking (and best to be around pets) are the Boston, Maidenhair, Staghorn, and Birds Nest.

Ferns are beautiful green, lush plants that can bring life to even the plainest room in your house.

Not only are they beautiful, but they’re not too difficult to grow either! They thrive in humid environments, they can grow in a regular pot or a hanging basket, and they require a relatively low amount of maintenance.

Based on what kind of fern you may decide on will impact the specific maintenance for that plant. However, as a couple of general rules, ferns generally aren’t too picky or needy when it comes to water, and they only need a few hours of direct sunlight every day.

 

2. Bromeliad

Bromeliads can be a stunning addition to any home. Their leaves grow in a beautiful blooming formation, and their flowers add a vibrant array of colors. If you’re looking for a plant that your guests will notice for all the right reasons, it’s hard to go wrong with a Bromeliad.

On top of that, these plants are perfect in a house of dogs. The pretty pink, yellow, or red leaves may look toxic, but they aren’t.

Much like ferns, Bromeliads grow best in a humid environment. The specifics of their care will vary based on what type of genus you decide to grow, but the plants are generally resilient to variations in their environment.

Whatever type of Bromeliad you may decide on, the most important thing to do is research! There are plenty of resources online to help new owners with getting their plants to thrive.

3. Haworthia

Next on our list is Haworthia. This plant originated in South Africa, and it’s a staple of living rooms around the world. Their striped shoots are beautiful, and they’re often referred to as “Zebra Plants.”

Of course, a lot of plants are beautiful and bring life to a room. What makes Haworthia really stand out is how little maintenance this plant requires. 

All you’ll need to do is water the plant every two to three weeks, keep it in direct sunlight, and don’t go too wild with the air conditioning.

If you feel like you’ve gotten a handle on taking care of your Haworthia, you can take on another challenge with your plant and propagate to make more plants! It’s the decoration that keeps on decorating.

4. Prayer Plant

The prayer plant is our next entry, and it’s undoubtedly one of the cooler ones on our list. It has large striped leaves, which tend to fold together at night, hence the plant’s well-known name.

These plants are great for more restrictive spaces like shelves and window sills because of their small size. There are a few different varieties of the prayer plant; the fishbone, the neon, and the red.

Regardless of which type you may decide to grow, caring for the prayer plant is similar. They shouldn’t live in direct sunlight; instead, they thrive in indirect lighting. Also, they do best in humid environments, which you can simulate with frequent misting.

And, most importantly, they’re non-toxic! So if your puppy gets into the plant and munches on some leaves, you don’t need to worry

5. Polka Dot Plant

Much like the Bromeliad, the Polka Dot Plant isn‘t nearly as toxic as it looks. In fact, these cute pink plants are an excellent replacement for poinsettias, which are poisonous for dogs.

If pink isn’t really your color, the Polka Dot Plant can also come in other colors like purple, white, and red polka dots.

Unlike some other plants on our list, the Polka Dot Plant requires a bit more attention. This plant needs regular watering in order to grow and does best in a warm environment.

In addition, while it may seem counter-intuitive, it’s generally recommended to cut off the small flowers that can bloom from the plant. These flowers cost the plant a significant amount of energy and can drastically reduce the growth of its stunning leaves.

6. Parlor Palm

While some houseplants are easier to grow than others, a general rule for most of them is to keep them close to a window so they can soak up that sweet sunlight. That’s not the case for our next entry, though; the Parlor Palm.

This plant only needs a few hours of sunlight a day to thrive, so you can keep it in a spot that just gets light in certain parts of the day. And that shouldn’t be too difficult for a fully grown Parlor Palm; they get pretty big and leafy.

The Parlor Palm isn’t too needy when it comes to water, either. If you water this plant once a week, you should be all good to go!

7. Gloxinia

Finally, to round out our list, we have Gloxinia. This plant blooms radiantly with red, blue, pink, or purple flowers. It’s a relatively small plant that can be kept on a shelf or windowsill.

Gloxinia is another plant that, at first glance, seems toxic, but it’s perfectly safe to be around both humans and dogs!

This plant will require some regular attention to thrive. Its soil needs to be kept moist, and it will need plant food every two weeks. However, to have such a magnificent plant on your windowsill, a little extra work seems like a small price to pay.

Houseplants That Are Dangerous for Dogs

Aloe Vera

This one can be annoying since people love to keep this plant around for its gel. However, it is important to note that the leaves of this plant are dangerous, not the gel itself.

Ivy

To stay on the safe side, you probably just shouldn’t keep any plants with the world Ivy around at all. Regular Ivy can act just like poison ivy for dogs, leading to rash, harsh breathing, and even death in some cases

Elephant Ear

Unlike the delicious carnival food of the same name, this plant contains chemicals that cause drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing in dogs.

Pothos Plant

It’s frustrating because this is such a popular houseplant. However, ingestion can lead to your dog vomiting and having difficulty swallowing.

Jade Plant

While this plant is thought to be a lucky charm, those properties must stop with people. If your dog eats some of your Jade Plant, it can cause vomiting, slow heart rate, confusion, and depression.

Conclusion

Houseplants can bring a room together, and understandably, people want to include these more natural decorations. However, if you have a dog, it’s just important to do your homework. Dog owners can enjoy houseplants without putting their furry friends at risk.

If you’re ever unsure how your houseplant might affect your pooch, it’s always best to reach your vet for advice.

Finally, even though the plants on this list are not deadly, they can still make your dog have an upset stomach. Therefore, it is still advised that you not allow your dog to eat the leaves.

If you’re staying on top of your dog when you can and keeping around these non-toxic plants when you’re away from your puppy, though, you can enjoy having a dog and houseplants!

Caitlin Sinclair is the Property Manager at The Beverly with five years of property management experience and many more in Customer Service. She shares her passion for her community and looks forward to making The Beverly the place to call home.

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