dangerous plants for dogs

Popular Plants that are Dangerous for Dogs

Posted Jul 14, 2017 in Safety

With summer here, you and your pup have probably been spending a lot more time outside enjoying the weather. From walks around the neighborhood to exploring new parks, you’ve definitely been trying to get out of the house and into nature. This time of the year also means many people planting new items in their garden. While these plants and flowers you’re planting may be beautiful, there can be some dangers that arise from them. Plants add so many positives into our environment, including cleaning our air and just generally making a space look nicer. But we need to think about our dogs before we plant just anything. Here are some of the most common plants that are dangerous for our pets and how to avoid any health issues! 


The hosta plant is an extremely common item to choose for your home garden.  The massive leafs of the plant easily fill up a large space in your garden. However, it can be dangerous for our dogs. When your pup chews on these leaves and consumes the plant, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and discomfort. 

Calla Lily

You’ll definitely recognize the colorful and beautiful calla lily flowers. They are perfect for bouquets and look great in your garden, but unfortunately they can cause issues for your dog. If your furry friend gets into this flower, it can cause burning, irritation, drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.

Snake Plant

The snake plant is a plant that is extremely easy to care for and very hard to kill. It is perfect for the person who may not be great at keeping up their pants. However, the plant can be toxic to dogs if they start chewing on it. It is best to avoid this plant in your home or garden. 

Aloe Vera

While us humans may love an aloe vera plant for its cleansing gel, it is actually not as beneficial for our dogs. The plants vomiting, lethargy and diarrhea. Even though they are trendy and a nice addition to the home, you should probably leave this one out. 

How To Protect Your Dog

In your home and with potted plants, it is easy to keep the toxic plants away from your pup. Put them on a higher shelf or windowsill, which also adds a nice look. Put smaller pots on tables or counters your dog isn’t within reach of. If you have big plants that must be on the ground, consider putting them in a room that has a barrier or that your dog does not go in. 

In your garden, consider putting up a fence to block off any dangerous plants. You want your dog to be safe, so it is better to be safe rather than sorry. Check out the ASPCA’s list of plants to see if anything in your garden is poisonous. Even better, check out this list before you start planting so your garden can be 100% dog friendly. 

Overall, it is best to do your research, but also supervise your dog. When you’re exploring new parks or a new yard, watch what your dog may have in their mouth. Be safe and good luck! 

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