Indoor Plants to Avoid for Dog Owners

Houseplants are amazing for so many reasons, including cleaning your air, they look great and studies have shown they can increase your mood and productivity. However, some common houseplants can be very toxic to dogs and cats! Do your research before you buy a new plant or if you’re about to get a new furry friend, make sure any plants you already own are safe. Keep reading below for some of the most common house plants that are toxic to dogs.


Lilies (including peace lily, tiger lily,  calla lily) are highly toxic and potentially fatal to cats. Some types are also toxic to dogs. The symptoms can range from diarrhea, vomiting, lack of appetite and kidney damage/failure. As a rule of thumb, all plants from the lily family should be avoided in places that are accessible to your furry family members.

Sago Palms

Sago palms are highly toxic to dogs and can be fatal. They can damage your pup’s liver and cause liver failure. 

Rubber Tree Plants

These indoor plants are very popular as they are pretty hard to kill for us non ‘green-thumbed’ folks.  They are unfortunately toxic to dogs and cats though. Symptoms can include lack of appetite, skin irritation and vomiting. 


Philodendrons are very popular at the moment as indoor plants. These include the ‘Swiss Cheese’ Plant, Fiddle-Fig Leaf and Monstera. If you really like the look of these (as I do), consider having them as hanging plants from pots placed too high for your pup to reach. Philodendrons have more mild symptoms in dogs and cats, such as oral irritation, drooling and difficulty swallowing. 

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is great for humans to help soothe burns and moisturise, but they are mildly toxic for dogs and cats. If they ingest this plant you may see signs of vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy. 

Other common toxic plants include Ivy, Chinese Evergreen, Holly and Chrysanthemum. If you think your pet has ingested a toxic plant or substance, please take them to the vet immediately, even if they are showing no outward symptoms. You can find a full list of poisonous plants and substances at this link.

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