Guide to Pet-Safe House Plants
( Andrea Davis - Improvenet.com)
Most pets love exploring their territory and playing near plants, so it's important that pet owners are aware of the potential dangers posed by houseplants. There are many houseplants that pet owners enjoy without concern, but there are also many common houseplants that are toxic to pets. Responsible pet owners should familiarize themselves with the difference between safe and dangerous plants for the safety of their pets. Here are a few resources to help pet owners identify which plants are safe to include in a pet-friendly home:
Houseplants are attractive decorative items that improve air quality. Having pets doesn't have to mean avoiding houseplants. Pet owners can take advantage of these benefits by sticking to the many popular houseplants that are non-toxic to pets. Pet-owners have their choice of plants of non-toxic common houseplants like Button Ferns, Blue Echeveria, and Golden Palms. Pet-owners seeking more exotic houseplants can also confidently decorate with Bamboo, Christmas Cactus, and certain types of Orchids. Other flowering plants like African violets and potted Mini-Roses are another lovely and non-toxic way to add color to a home. When choosing safe houseplants, always remember to research new houseplants before introducing them to your home in order to ensure they are non-toxic for your pet's species. While many plants are equally non-toxic to dogs and cats, some plants cause different reactions. It's also important to keep in mind that individual pet reactions may vary and even non-toxic houseplants can be dangerous when consumed in large quantities by pets. If you're uncertain about a plant even after research, take additional steps to safeguard your pet by putting the plant out of reach or treating the plant with a pet-deterrent spray.
Many pet-owners are shocked upon learning how many common, and seemingly innocuous, houseplants are actually dangerous for pets. Consuming toxic plants can cause symptoms ranging from mild gastrointestinal distress to death. The actual level of danger will vary depending on the plant's toxicity and your pet's health and habits. Jade plants are well-liked for their attractive flowers and low maintenance care. Despite its longstanding reputation as an ideal houseplant, this succulent can cause vomiting, ataxia, and even depression in pets. Similarly, the ever-popular Aloe Vera plant is useful to homeowners, but causes vomiting, diarrhea, and a host of other dangerous symptoms in pets that have consumed it. While actual bamboo is pet-safe, lucky bamboo is actually highly toxic to cats. This popular housewarming gift can be purchased at garden shops, gift shops, and even drugstores and can be found in homes around the world. Lucky bamboo isn't related to non-toxic bamboo at all. It's actually a type of lily and all varieties of lilies are highly toxic to cats in both potted and cut form. Consuming any part of the lily can cause vomiting and sometimes fatal renal failure. Pet-owners must be particularly vigilant during the holiday season as mistletoe, holly, amaryllis bulbs, and even Christmas trees can cause gastrointestinal issues and other serious health problems in pets.
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