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13 common house plants that can be toxic to your pets

Your favourite indoor and outdoor plants could be doing more harm than good! Here are 13 common plants to keep an eye out for

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13 common house plants that can be toxic to your pets

Although indoor plants do a great job at purifying the air in your home and livening up a room, if you have pets at home they could potentially do more harm than good.

There are an astounding number of plants, both indoor and outdoor varieties, that are poisonous to your pets. Although some are more harmful than others, it pays to be aware and keep your home and garden pet-friendly by either keeping these toxic plants out of your home or out of reach from your beloved furry friends.

1. Aloe vera

Great for sunburn, not so great for cats or dogs. Aloes contain anthraquinone glycosides which are purgatives and when ingested, they can result in vomiting and diarrhoea.

2. Devil’s ivy

If you want to keep this popular trailing plant in your home, hang it up high out of reach from your pets. Signs of ingestion can be noticeable immediately and include pawing at face, foaming, and vomiting. Moderate to severe swelling in the mouth may also occur, making it difficult to breathe or swallow.

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3. Chinese evergreen

Signs of ingestion of this toxic plant can be noticeable immediately and include pawing at the face, foaming, and vomiting. Moderate to severe swelling in the mouth may also occur, making it difficult to breathe or swallow.

4. Tomato plant

If you’re growing tomatoes in your veggie garden keep your pets away from it. The ripened fruit is considered ok but the green parts of the plant contain solanine, toxic to dogs and cats. A large amount needs to be ingested to result in severe poisoning.

5. Chives

Like tomatoes, this edible plant is not edible for cats and dogs. Chives are part of the Allium family (onion, garlic, leeks) which are all toxic to cats and dogs as onion and garlic poisoning results in damage to the red blood cells.

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Planting pungent herbs, such as rosemary and sage, will keep pets out of the garden bed thanks to their distinct smell. Coleus canina – also known as ‘Scaredy Cat Plant’ – is another great herb with a very pungent smell that felines can’t stand.

6. Chrysanthemum

Pyrethrins, which are used in pesticides and dog flea and tick medications, are extracted from this plant. Reason enough to keep it away from them!

7. Dracaena

Also known as the Dragon tree, this will cause drooling, vomiting, weakness and dilated pupils (cats) when ingested by cats or dogs.

8. Asparagus fern

Plants that are considered ‘true ferns’ – Boston, maidenhair, bird’s nest and staghorn, although not recommended for ingestion, are considered non-toxic for pets. Asparagus fern however, IS toxic, so keep your pets away or get rid of it.

9. Mother-in-law’s tongue

You’d think pets would keep away from this scary-looking houseplant but, you just never know. Also referred to as Sansevieria, when ingested by pets, it can result in gastrointestinal signs like drooling, vomiting and diarrhoea.

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10. Peace lily 

This plant brings everything but peace to your pets. Instead it will bring on vomiting, oral pain, drooling and a loss of appetite. Other dangerous types of lilies include Easter, day, Asiatic, Japanese show, Tiger lilies.

11. Rubber tree plant

Compounds such as psoralen, or ficusin, found in the sap of the rubber tree and weeping fig tree (Ficus benjamina) can attack the DNA in cells. All parts of the rubber tree and weeping fig tree are poisonous to pets if ingested.

12. Hydrangea 

Although animals are unlikely to have a nibble on this popular garden plant, it pays to keep it out of the garden if you’re worried. This shrub contains cyanogenic glycosides, in it’s leaves and flowers. When ingested by pets, it can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy.

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13. Cyclamen 

Don’t be fooled by their vibrant flowers! Cyclamen contains when any part of the plant (especially the tubers or roots) are chewed or ingested by dogs and cats, it can result in clinical signs of drooling, vomiting and diarrhoea.

For a full list of plants that are poisonous to your pets or for more information refer to the Pet Poisons Helpline.

This article originally appeared on Homes to Love Australia

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