• Kelsey Shimon

Trendy but Toxic Indoor Houseplants: Alternative Options for Dog Safe Indoor Plants

Although, the issue of dogs eating plants isn't incredibly common for us to hear as dog walkers in DC, us dog lovers do feel like the continuing trend of having indoor plants calls for this topic of toxicity to be mentioned, especially if you have a new curious pup that likes to chew!

To help you out, we have also listed an alternative non-toxic dog safe plant so that you can continue to be both plant lovers and dog lovers!

Common Ivy

Common Ivy

Instead Try:

Swedish Ivy (non-toxic)

Instead Try: Swedish Ivy (non-toxic)

Thankfully, most young professionals/hipster homes we walk into in DC seem to be hanging these Common Ivy plants high up and away from their dogs in trendy macrame's. However, just in case you are one of the few that have yours down low in a pot, accessible to a plant-eating should know that this plant can be toxic. Perhaps, a better option for a similar hanging look would be a Swedish Ivy, which is a pet-friendly non-toxic plant.

Main symptoms of Common Ivy Toxicity include:

diarrhea, vomiting, excessive salivation

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Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Instead Try:

Haworthia Succulent (non-toxic)

The Aloe Vera plant not only contains wonderful healing qualities for us humans, but it also looks great as it grows indoors by a sunlit wonderful large-windowed DC condo owners know what we're talking about;) Unfortunately, if ingested, this window beauty can cause some serious tummy troubles for our dogs. A beautiful, much more interesting (in my opinion), and non-toxic to dogs plant alternative is the striped Haworthia Succulent!

In case you have Aloe Vera, be aware that it contains components, saponin and anthraquinone, which makes this plant toxic to dogs. Main symptoms include:

diarrhea, vomiting, and lethargy

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Instead Try:

Money Tree (non-toxic)

Commonly referred to as an “umbrella tree,” the Shefflera plant has a fashionable look in a large corner pot. Sadly, if ingested or played with by your curious pup, it can be a real irritant and very toxic. How about trying a Money Tree instead?! Not only is the name of this tree WAY better, but it's non-toxic to dogs, which is safer for your home! Win-Win!

Main symptoms of Shefflera Toxicity can include:

irritation/burning in and around the mouth, tongue, lips

difficulty swallowing

excessive drooling


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Instead Try:

Areca Palm (non-toxic)

Sometimes called the “dragon plant” or “corn plant,” this guy has a real modern us DC dog walkers don’t blame you for wanting the Dracaena in your stream-lined industrial living rooms. However, if your dog isn’t liking the bone and would rather be chewing on one of those tempting tooth-pick-looking leaves, be careful! Maybe try the VERY SIMILAR-LOOKING and trendy Areca Palm instead to make your home more pet friendly!

Dracaena, like many others, contains saponins, which can cause main symptoms such as:

vomiting (sometimes with blood), anorexia, depression, excessive salivation

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Jade (Rubber Plant)

Instead Try:

Chicks and Hens (non-toxic)

Thanks to our trusty College Park Ikea, we’ve even had our share of this cute little Jade succulent-looking plant in our home. Although, our ten year old Weimaraner so far has not been tempted by its cuteness, in contrast to the juicy steaks we are often cooking, it is still good to know that it's best to keep it up high because of its toxicity. Perhaps, we will look to buy the even cooler-looking and non-toxic to dogs and cats succulent, the Chicks and Hens, in the near future!

Symptoms of Jade toxicity and more info:

vomiting, depression, incoordination

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Sago Palm

Instead Try:

Parlor Palm (non-toxic)

Lastly, for those of you city dwellers craving to feel like you are still at the jungle resort you spent your last vacation at...perhaps, you own a Sago Palm. Sadly, as your DC dog walking experts, we have to advise you that this plant may be the most toxic out of the above listed. So maybe keep those jungle vibes at the resort, unless your pup fancies naps and steaks, rather than plants, like ours! Or, try out the Parlor Palm, which is non-toxic to cats and dogs and looks just as great and will set you at ease with its jungle vibes!

Symptoms of very toxic Sago Palm can include:

Vomiting, melena, icterus, increased thirst, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, bruising, coagulopathy, liver damage, liver failure, death

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Again, we understand if you want to join your DC neighbors in adding wonderful green plants to your home, as they often carry great air quality purposes! In order to guide you as not only plant lovers, but also pet lovers/dog lovers, we thought best to provide you with toxicity information and pet-friendly/dog-friendly plant alternatives! As always, we hope this information and all of our dog tips help you to grow and learn as a dog owner and/or dog lover so that your pup gets the best care possible!

We also want to thank the wonderful ASPCA for all of their detailed information on plant toxicity, symptoms, and ways for caring for our beloved dogs!


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