Today’s blog topic is focused on the different types of plants that have the ability to kill.

You come home after a long day and open your door to scene reminiscent of a horror movie, it looks like the undead has risen in your home, soil is scattered everywhere, bits of plants all around the room, and a very guilty yet proud pet sitting in the middle of the mess.

That’s right old Fido has destroyed another one of your houseplants and like any diligent parents, you pick them up off the floor, give them a hug, perhaps a little warm kiss and throw them in the bin. The plant of course, you throw the plant in the bin and immediately google if this plant will affect your pet in anyway, they’ve been naughty, but they don’t deserve to suffer like that.

Your face turns pale with horror as you read through the content and realize that half the plants in and around your home can easily take out one of your pets. What should you do? Get rid of them? I mean, they’re always there when you get home and you have become attached to them, but they can find a good home at the shelter, right?

Kidding, your pets and plants can stay put.

First of all, most pets never attack or willfully eat plants, it’s not in their diet and they would potentially only destroy a plant if they are frustrated, have a mineral or vitamin deficiency or there is something in the pot, like a bug or something that they are after, otherwise, the fatalities from house plants killing off pets, it fairly low.

Nonetheless, here is a list of 10 plants in your home that is toxic when consumed by our 4 legged friends:

1. Aloe vera : Vomiting, depression, diarrhea, tremors, change in urine color

2. Lillies (any variety really) : severe vomiting, diarrhea, drop in heart rate, severe cardiac arrhythmias, and possibly seizure

3. Pothos or Devils Ivy: Oral irritation, vomiting, drooling.

4. Monstera Deliciosa or Delicious Monster/Swiss Cheese Plant : Oral irritation and burning – any part of mouth, drooling, vomiting

5. Asparagus fern: Abdominal pain ,Diarrhea Loss of appetite ,Nausea ,Vomiting

6. Moth Orchid: Diarrhea and vomiting

7. Cornstalk Plant: Vomiting, depression, anorexia, hypersalivation.

8. Fig Tree (Fiddle Wood Fig included): Dermatitis with skin contact and oral irritation, salivation and vomiting.

9. Snake Plant: Extremely toxic to pets. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea

10. Peace Lilly: Irritation, intense burning of mouth, drooling.

Although these plants are toxic, I have witnessed a dog eat three of these on the list, 2 of them less than 24 hours apart, and they showed no symptoms and ended up being fine.

I would monitor my pets behavior and the first sign of symptoms, take them to your nearest vet and keep a sample of the plant to show the vet.

The ideal remedy would be to ensure that your plants are a safe distance from your fur baby’s reach, so look into installing some shelving or place your plants on high pedestals for an all-round happy home.

We hope the hints and tips in this blog will help you to understand the plants in your house to keep your fur babies safe.

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