Plant Safety for Dogs: Understanding Toxicity and Safer Alternatives

A Guide to Understanding Plant Safety for Dogs and Creating a Pet-Friendly Environment |

Summer is the perfect time for gardening and freshening up your home with vibrant greenery. However, did you know that many typical household plants can be toxic and potentially fatal to your furry best friend? One of the most important jobs as a pet parent is keeping your pup safe and healthy, so understanding plant safety for dogs can be extremely beneficial. Luckily, The Dog Stop has an easy and helpful guide on what plants are safe and unsafe for keeping in your home.  


Poisonous & Toxic Plants 

Here are some examples of poisonous and toxic plants to avoid keeping near your pup: 

Azalea Peonies Daffodil
Aloe Sago palm Dieffenbachia
Alocasia Lilies Dracaena Fragrans
Adenium Tulips Cyclamen
Arrowhead Plant Hyacinth Jade Plant
Holly Iris Foxglove
Hydrangea Geranium Chrysanthemum
Ivy Golden Pothos Eucalyptus


Non-Toxic Plants & Flowers 

Although the list of what household plants are toxic is rather long, there are plenty of safe alternatives

Non-Toxic Plants:

Air Plant Ferns (Some Varieties) Peperomia
Aluminum Plant Friendship Plant Ponytail Palm
Areca Palm Money Tree Polka Dot Plant
Bromeliads Mosaic Plant Purple Waffle Plant
Banana Tree Some Herbs Spider Plant
Christmas Cactus Lace Flower Vine Some Succulents
Calathea Parlor Palm

Non-Toxic Flowers:

African Violets Roses
Gerbera Daisies Snapdragons
Gloxinia Sunflowers

For more information on toxic and non-toxic plants for dogs, check out this extensive list from ASPCA.

Recognizing the Signs of Dog Poisoning

If your dog encounters a toxic plant, it is important to monitor your pet for symptoms of dog poisoning. The AKC provides common symptoms of dog poisoning and a guide for how to help your pet if poisoning does occur.


By understanding plant safety for dogs and monitoring what plants your pup is exposed to, you can prevent potential dog poisonings and keep your pet happy, healthy, and safe. In the event of an emergency, you can always contact the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661 or your veterinarian.

The Dog Stop is a leader in the pet care industry that was designed by dog owners for dog owners. We strive to continuously educate ourselves and share what we know to help you with caring for your pup. Feel free to learn more information on who we are and our locations convenient to you.

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