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Common Houseplants Toxic to Pets

Common Houseplants Toxic to Pets

We know to keep certain poisons—like antifreeze—away from our pets, but many people don’t know how toxic their houseplants are. When we avoid growing these 12 houseplants that are considered toxic, we can help to keep our pets safe.

Aloe vera
Boston ivy
English ivy
German ivy
India rubber plant
Potted chrysanthemum
Weeping fig

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Adapted from The Puppy Owner’s Manual, by Diana Delmar (Storey Books, 2001). Copyright (c) 2001 by Diana Delmar. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from The Puppy Owner’s Manual, by Diana Delmar (Storey Books, 2001).

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3:56AM PDT on May 4, 2013

Thank you for the important information.

8:51AM PDT on May 3, 2013

Thanks for the list Annie - didn't know about the potted chrysanthemum ...... would the ones planted in the garden have the same nefast effect (if the cat goes out) ??

8:47AM PDT on May 3, 2013

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11:44PM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

Very good info. Thank you so much for this precious blog!
I am lucky I guessed, because we have Aloe Vera plants at home and my dogs and my two Congo African grey parrots has never "meddle " with these pots! In fact they feared the plants!
Guess it's kinda spiky for them.

8:46AM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

Very good information. Don't forget to keep kitties away from the potted herbs on your kitchen windowsill as well.

6:05AM PST on Feb 17, 2013


6:52PM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Great information.

10:09PM PST on Jan 7, 2013

Thank you Stella. Great information.

8:06PM PST on Jan 7, 2013

Don't forget amarylis, holly, baby's breath, bird of paradise, calla lily, Chinese jade plant, coleus, cyclamen, daffodil...etc.

See the ASPCA website

8:10AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

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