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Whether you’re looking for a small plant for your windowsill or some flowers for the front yard, it’s important to make sure your plants are non-toxic and safe for dogs. This article has 4 lists of plants that will protect your furry friend while still bringing color and life in and around your home, including plants like:

  • Spider plants to purify the air
  • Basil for cooking and for repelling mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas
  • Lemon balm to repel mosquitoes while attracting bees and butterflies
  • Banana trees for those wanting a large tree-like indoor plant that will make a big impact
  • Orchids to add a beautiful splash of color to your home

The Pup Parent’s Plant Problem

Like a lot of us as of late, I work from home. Working and living in the same place can make your home feel more stressful. And I don’t know about you, but I like my home to be my personal little haven where I can relax.

Our pets can definitely help with that, but so can bringing a little of the outdoors in. Plants are a great way to do this, and they help clean our air too!

Personally, I love plants. But I have no green thumb. I like easy keepers. One of my goals is to decorate with more plants that I am qualified to manage.

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But what happens when our pets discover our beautiful little plants?

As adorable as puppies are, anyone who’s ever had a new puppy in the house knows they love getting into things they’re not supposed to. Anything’s fair game, and everything they see is something new to sniff, investigate, and (usually) chew. However, even adult dogs can get in on the mischief.

If a curious pup eats a plant that’s toxic or poisonous to dogs, it could cause stomach upsets or seizures. It certain situations it could even be fatal. This is why it’s so important for you to make sure that any plants in and around your house are plants safe for dogs so your furry companions can stay safe and healthy.

NOTE: If you suspect your pup has eaten something toxic or poisonous, please call ASPCA Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435. A veterinarian will be helping you, so a consultation fee may apply.

I’ve only included plants that the ASPCA says are non-toxic to dogs in the lists on this page.

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The Best Air Purifying Plants That Aren’t Toxic for Dogs

Who doesn’t want cleaner air? Plants are a great way to clean out pollutants in our homes.

All plants help out with this, but there are some plants that are gold medalists at cleaning out any nasty chemicals from our air. Here are six plants that will keep your air clean and clear while also keeping your curious puppies and dogs toxin-free:

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  • Bamboo Palm – this plant grows tall with dense foliage, giving it the look of a small tree and making it a great choice for a floor plant.
  • Boston Fern – this is a big, bushy plant made of long, soft fronds that you’ll often see sold as a hanging plant.
  • Gerbera Daisy – who doesn’t like a splash of flowery color? Unlike your traditional white and yellow daisies, these plants’ flowers come in almost all the colors of the rainbow.
  • Prayer Plant – the dark green stripes and pink accents on this plant’s big, oval leaves make it an attractive addition to your home.
  • Rubber Plant – make sure this is the American Rubber Plant (which has rounded leaves), NOT the Indian Rubber Plant (also known as the Weeping Fig, and which has pointy leaves and is toxic to dogs).
  • Spider Plant – this plant has long, thin leaves with long, thin stripes that turn it into a curly, leafy fountain.
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You’ll see philodendrons recommended a lot for air-purifying, but they can cause irritation of your dog’s mouth, throat, and stomach, depending on how much of it your dog eats. If you have this plant, it’s best to keep it high up out of reach.

Warning: Do NOT keep Oleander in the house if you have either dogs or cats. It is very toxic and can even cause organ failure!

Mosquito Repellent Plants That Are Safe for a Dog Lover’s Home

Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying little pests that cause itchy, annoying welts. They actually are how dogs get heartworms!

Having plants around your house that repel mosquitoes can help protect you and your canine companions from many different diseases.

However, since our dogs will probably be outside to go on walks or just to do their business, it’s a good idea to make sure the plants near our homes are non-toxic and safe for dogs in case your pup decides to have a taste.

Here are five dog-safe plants with mosquito-repellent properties:

  • Basil – also great for cooking!
  • Catnip – repels mosquitoes, but may also attract your neighbor’s cats.
  • Lemon Balm – side benefit: bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies love this plant!
  • Marigolds – these flowers repel mosquitoes and also look lovely in a garden.
  • Rosemary – another plant that’s great in the kitchen – and also attracts butterflies! (This plant is not safe for dogs that are prone to seizures.)
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Warning: Do NOT use citronella plants to repel mosquitoes if you have a dog. Citronella is deadly to dogs.

Note: Peppermint and lavender are often recommended as dog-safe pest repellents, but the ASPCA says they are toxic to dogs (ASPCA information on mint and on lavender). Some people say that’s just the Pennyroyal variety and that small amounts of peppermint and spearmint are actually helpful to dogs, but please use caution if you’re thinking about adding these plants to your garden.

Plants that Repel Ticks and Fleas

Fleas and ticks can be the bane of a dog’s life – and the pet parent too! While there are many methods out there to discourage these irritating hitchhikers from hopping aboard your fluffy friend, here are some dog-safe plants that you can plant outside to discourage them from coming near your house at all:

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  • Basil – this plant is not only tasty, but it’s great for repelling mosquitoes, too!
  • Catnip – if you have cats, they’ll also enjoy this plant.
  • Marigolds – marigolds come in a huge range of colors, so you can repel insects while adding beauty to your garden.
  • Rosemary – this plant is safe for healthy dogs, but it can cause problems in dogs prone to seizures.
  • Sage – this is another plant that’s great to cook with.
  • Thyme – you can combine this with the rosemary in your cooking.
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    15 Beautiful Indoor Plants That Won’t Cause Your Dog Harm

    A plant doesn’t have to have a specific purpose – it can just be a beautiful and colorful addition to your home! Here are 15 common houseplants that you’re likely to find in the lawn and garden department of your local big-box store but which are also non-toxic and safe for the pups in your family:

    • African Violet – this plant’s stunning purple flowers add a splash of color.
    • Bamboo – great for low-light areas and VERY easy to grow.
    • Banana Tree – with its huge leaves and taller-than-average height, this plant is a good choice for someone who has a lot of space and wants a statement plant to fill it.
    • Boston Fern – this is a big, bushy plant that loves indirect light and will grow as big as its pot allows.
    • Date Palm – the dwarf variety can work well as a larger indoor plant – just make sure you are buying a date palm as some other varieties of palm are toxic to dogs.
    • Friendship Plant – this plant is known for its cute and soft wrinkly leaves.
    • Haworthia Succulent – this spiky plant looks similar to an Aloe Plant but with white raised ridges around the spikes. Be careful to buy Haworthia and NOT Aloe – Aloe is toxic to dogs!
    • Money Tree – whether you believe the wealth-generating legends around this little tree or not, it’s still a lovely and easy plant to grow for your home.
    • Orchid – while not the easiest plant to grow, its beautiful, delicate flowers are dog-safe.
    • Polka Dot Plant – also known as Baby’s Tears, this plant has charming pink and green leaves.
    • Ponytail Palm – this is a fun, wild-looking plant that looks like a miniature tree with dozens of thin leaves curling like a fountain in every direction. It’s also great at handling low light.
    • Prayer Plant – this common plant has fun zebra stripes and pink accents on its oval leaves.
    • Rubber Plant – look for the round-leaved American Rubber variety, NOT the pointy-leaved Indian Rubber variety, which is toxic.
    • Spider Plant – this is another fun plant with wild, curling, striped leaves. It also is known for having little “baby” spider plants that hang down and can be grown into new spider plants.
    • Venus Fly Trap – this famous carnivorous plant is lethal to bugs, not to dogs.
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    The Tail End

    We all love our dogs and want them to be safe and protected. Making sure our homes are only filled with and surrounded by non-toxic plants is a great way to do that. If you’re plant shopping and see a plant that you like but isn’t on any of these lists, the ASPCA’s toxic and non-toxic plant database is a great way to find out if it’s safe for your furry friends. Stay safe and happy gardening!

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    About Kristen Levine

    Kristen Levine is a nationally acclaimed pet expert and influencer with over 30 years of experience in the industry. She's helped millions of pet parents provide the best care at every stage of their pet’s life.

    Her blog, Pet Living with Kristen Levine has been featured in Pop Sugar, Good Housekeeping, New York Times, USA Today, and more.

    She's also the founder of FWV Fetching, the first marketing agency exclusively serving pet and animal health companies.

    Her early work with the SPCA led her to a lifelong career in the pet industry, advocating for pet adoption and rescue as well as for pets and their parents here on her blog and in the media.

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    What houseplant is not toxic to dogs? ›

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    What are dog friendly house plants? ›

    We classify our pet-friendly plants according to ASPCA approval. Our spider plant and peacock plant are universally safe for pets. Our African violet and maidenhair fern are ideal options for those who need plants safe for cats. And our boston ferns and rose succulents work well for homes with dogs.

    Are ferns toxic to dogs? ›

    Yes, ferns are toxic to dogs.

    Toxic ferns often have poisonous leaves and berries, which can cause diarrhea, stomach pain, and vomiting in dogs. Some dogs can also experience skin inflammation upon contact with these toxic varieties. We recommend that pet parents assume their ferns are poisonous if they are unsure.

    Are spider plants toxic to dogs? ›

    Chlorophytum comosum, commonly referred to as Spider Plants, are safe for dogs and probably one of the most widely recognized houseplants.

    Are aloe plants toxic to dogs? ›

    Although considered a medicinal plant for humans, aloe vera's level of toxicity is mild to moderate for cats and dogs. Vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, depression, anorexia, tremors, change in urine colour.

    Is Lavender safe for dogs? ›

    Can dogs eat lavender? No, never feed your dog lavender buds or essential oil. They both contain linalool, a compound that is toxic to dogs in large amounts.

    Are succulents safe for dogs? ›

    Fortunately, most succulents are completely harmless to animals. Additionally, most animals instinctively avoid eating succulents.

    Are spider plants toxic to pets? ›

    1. Spider Plant. Chlorophytum comosum, commonly referred to as Spider Plants, are one of the most widely recognized and popular houseplants — and the good news is, they're safe for dogs. These plants are popular for beginners because they are one of the easiest plants to care for.

    Is Mint toxic to dogs? ›

    Dogs can safely eat one or two fresh, plain mint leaves per day. However, feeding your dog mint leaves in excess may upset their digestive system. Stick to serving them a few small bites of mint occasionally, rather than regularly.

    What flower is safe for dogs? ›

    Rose petals, violets, sunflower petals, pansies, snapdragons, and some marigolds can all be eaten raw, by dogs and people.

    Is peace lily toxic to dogs? ›

    The Lily family of plants is quite large, but some members of it are toxic to dogs and cats. The Mauna Loa, also known as the Peace Lily, is toxic to dogs and cats while the Stargazer and Easter Lilies are toxic for cats only.

    Are hydrangea leaves poisonous to dogs? ›

    Dogs or cats that consume enough hydrangea leaves, flowers and/or buds can suffer from vomiting and diarrhea. In severe cases, hydrangea poisoning can cause lethargy, depression and confusion.

    Is snake plant toxic to dogs? ›

    Snake plants (Sansevieria)

    Because of its striking appearance and the fact that it's very easy to care for, snake plants are incredibly popular indoor plants. Unfortunately, they are also poisonous plants for dogs and can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if consumed, says the ASPCA.

    Is the money tree toxic to dogs? ›

    Money Tree

    Sadly enough, money does not actually grow on these plants. But here's the good news: They're safe for pets and recommended for people with allergies and asthma.

    Are hibiscus poisonous to dogs? ›

    Hibiscus

    In most cases, hibiscus is non-toxic for pets, but the Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) is a type of hibiscus that can be harmful to your furry friend. If a dog ingests a significant amount of this hibiscus' flower, they can experience nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.

    What happens if my dog licks aloe vera? ›

    The plant contains a chemical called saponin, which is toxic to animals and children. Ingestion of aloe vera can cause excessive vomiting, severe diarrhea, and low blood sugar. In fact, the toxicity can be so extreme as to cause the breakdown of red blood cells, which can be fatal if not treated immediately.

    Can dogs lick aloe vera? ›

    Aloe Vera is not safe for dogs to ingest, but it is safe to put on their skin. It is important to practice caution when using Aloe Vera. Do not use it internally on your dog or allow your pet to ingest it. If your dog accidentally licks or ingests Aloe Vera, carefully monitor his behavior for potential side effects.

    Is coconut oil toxic to dogs? ›

    It's safe to feed your dog coconut oil. But some potential reactions or digestive problems can occur. If you give your dog too much coconut oil, they can get diarrhea. Your veterinarian will let you know a healthy amount to give your dog.

    Is Rosemary OK for dogs? ›

    Diced-up dried or fresh rosemary is safe to add to your dog's food or water and can help support heart health and digestion. Be sure to only feed your dog a teaspoon or so as a treat—if your dog accidentally overeats this herb, the side effects may include indigestion and stomach upset.

    Is Eucalyptus safe for dogs? ›

    Many essential oils, such as eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, cinnamon, citrus, peppermint, pine, wintergreen, and ylang ylang are straight up toxic to pets. These are toxic whether they are applied to the skin, used in diffusers or licked up in the case of a spill.

    Is peppermint plant safe for dogs? ›

    Most species of mint are perfectly safe for dogs to eat in small amounts, including human favourites peppermint and spearmint. These plants are generally non-toxic to canines, but if they are eaten in large doses they can cause illness, so it's still best to only feed them to your dog sparingly.

    Is Jade plant poisonous? ›

    Is The Jade Plant Poisonous or Toxic? The Jade tree has found to be mildly poisonous to humans upon ingestion, causing minor symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea. However, Jade plants are included in the list of extremely poisonous plants for dogs and cats, according to ASPCA.

    Can dogs eat cactus? ›

    While most cacti plants aren't poisonous to your pet, the chemical composition of the cacti sap can cause gastrointestinal ailments to your little canine friend. Signs of cacti ingestion in dogs include vomiting, diarrhea, appetite loss, stomach pain, excessive salivation, and nausea.

    Are string of hearts toxic to dogs? ›

    Rate of growth: fast growing. The trailing vines can grow up to 2m in length. Pets: this plant is non-toxic to cats and dogs.

    Is snake plant toxic? ›

    Snake Plant

    They've even been used as herbal remedies in some parts of the world. But the plants are also poisonous if ingested. Large doses can cause nausea and vomiting, and the poison found in the plant has a numbing effect that can cause the tongue and throat to swell.

    Are ferns safe for pets? ›

    True ferns such as Boston and maidenhair are fair game as indoor plants that are safe for pets. Just beware of toxic misnomers like asparagus fern, which is actually part of the lily family. Though their size can vary, most ferns have similar needs: They like indirect light, evenly moist soil, and high humidity.

    Are snake plants toxic to animals? ›

    Snake Plants

    Although the popular snake plant is only mildly toxic to pets, it does contain saponins—a natural chemical produced by the plant to protect it from insects, microbes, and fungi. This chemical can cause gastrointestinal upset in pets.

    Is a pothos plant poisonous to dogs? ›

    Pothos/Devil's Ivy (Epipremnum Aureum)

    All parts of this exotic-looking plant can cause problems for your pet dog. This includes the roots, leaves and even the seeds. They're all poisonous and ingesting any part of the plant can lead to diarrhea, vomiting and even liver failure.

    Is a monstera poisonous to dogs? ›

    Philodendron (and Monstera)

    This genus of plants is mildly toxic to humans, and toxic to both dogs and cats. Symptoms of exposure include: Oral irritation, pain and swelling of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.

    Are Philodendrons toxic to dogs? ›

    Philodendron is poisonous to dogs, and any ingestion is cause for an immediate call to your vet. If a dog ingests a significant amount of philodendron, they could experience severe respiratory and digestive issues that could be fatal.

    Is a peace lily toxic to dogs? ›

    The peace lily (also known as Mauna Loa) is toxic to dogs and cats. Ingestion of the peace lily or calla lily can cause irritation of the tongue and lips, increased salivation, difficulty swallowing, and vomiting.

    Is snake plant safe for dogs? ›

    Snake plants (Sansevieria)

    Because of its striking appearance and the fact that it's very easy to care for, snake plants are incredibly popular indoor plants. Unfortunately, they are also poisonous plants for dogs and can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if consumed, says the ASPCA.

    Are jade plants toxic to dogs? ›

    The jade plant is also commonly called a rubber plant and is very toxic to dogs, causing gastric distress, heartbeat irregularities, and depression among other symptoms. This is a popular plant that can grow up to five feet tall indoors and more than six feet tall outdoors.

    Is bamboo toxic to dogs? ›

    For true Bambusoideae species of bamboo, it is non toxic to dogs, cats, and horses. Fun fact: Foliage of bamboo can contain up to 22% protein, so it's even good for them! Protein content varies from species to species and even varies depending on the age of the leaves.

    Is Bird of Paradise toxic to dogs? ›

    The bird of paradise plant is a tropical flowering plant that resembles a bird in flight once bloomed. This plant is toxic to your dog so if you believe your dog ingested a part of it, contact your veterinarian immediately. Protect yourself and your pet.

    Is Money Tree toxic to dogs? ›

    Money Tree

    Sadly enough, money does not actually grow on these plants. But here's the good news: They're safe for pets and recommended for people with allergies and asthma.

    Are string of pearls toxic to dogs? ›

    Although it is beautiful, the string of pearls plant is toxic to dogs as well as humans. In humans, eating part of the plant can cause moderate gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting. However, if your dog consumes any of the string of pearls, the toxic compounds in the plant can be devastating.

    Are succulents safe for dogs? ›

    Fortunately, most succulents are completely harmless to animals. Additionally, most animals instinctively avoid eating succulents.

    Are palm plants toxic to dogs? ›

    All parts of the sago palm are poisonous, but the seeds (nuts) are the most toxic to pets and are easier for pets to eat than the prickly fronds. Ingestion of even a small amount of the plant can cause serious effects. The sago palm contains several toxic compounds.

    Is goldfish plant toxic to dogs? ›

    Although plants can be a stunning detail in any home, some plants can be toxic and harmful, especially to pets. That's why it's crucial to know which plants you have in your home and if they can harm your furry friend. When it comes to goldfish plants, the ASPCA has confirmed that they are non-toxic to cats.

    Are snake plants toxic to animals? ›

    Snake Plants

    Although the popular snake plant is only mildly toxic to pets, it does contain saponins—a natural chemical produced by the plant to protect it from insects, microbes, and fungi. This chemical can cause gastrointestinal upset in pets.

    Can I have lilies in the house with a dog? ›

    All parts of the lily plant are toxic to both dogs and cats. That includes the pollen and stamens, the flower petals, sepals, leaves, stems, and bulbs.

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