Dangerous Indoor Plants To Keep Away From Pets
Even the most experienced pet owners can't anticipate every potential hazard in their home. It can be increasingly difficult for new pet owners to know how to prep their home to keep their dog, cat or other domestic critter out of harm's way. Many owners pay close attention to what they feed their pets to make sure they aren't eating anything dangerous, but the food you put in their bowl isn't always the only thing they're consuming. There are several types of common plants pets shouldn't eat. Before bringing your garden inside, review these dangerous plants.
Caladium, more commonly known as Elephant Ears, is one of the most popular indoor plants in the United States. Not only is it poisonous to dogs, it's also poisonous to humans. Oxalic acid as well as a certain protein found in the leaves and stems can cause some pretty painful symptoms if ingested. Unless you're particularly attached to the plant's attractive appearance, you should try to elevate the dangerous leaves from the ground and higher than your stone coaster sets. Fence houseplants off efficiently from your curious pets or hang plants where pets can't reach.
The typical Heartleaf, as well as over four-hundred other species of Philodendron, can be found in a majority of homes with an affinity for indoor plants. While most of the species common for households are not fatal even if ingested in large quantities by adult humans, pets, particularly cats, have been known to respond negatively to small doses of the plants. Needle-like raphides found in calcium oxalate not only irritate soft tissues in the throat, but can be fatal if they work their way into the digestive system. Chances are your cat won't be tempted by it, but it's better to be safe than sorry in cases where the possibility of an accident is easily avoided.
A tropical plant easily maintained as a houseplant in any region because of its ability to thrive in shade, "dumb cane" can be a nuisance if ingested by pets like dogs and cats. More scientifically known as dieffenbachia, the plant's existence of calcium oxalate (those raphides again) is much less concentrated and dangerous than the philodendron varieties. It is rarely fatal, even in large quantities, but it can cause some very unpleasant symptoms that tend to last longer than most pets will be able to stand, including numbing sensations, oral irritation and occasional swelling.
Caladium, philodendron and dieffenbachia are classified under the far broader Araceae family of plants. So too is the pesky household plant better identified by look than by its name. Going by names such as devil's ivy, silver vine or golden pothos, the species epipremnum aureum can have many of the same characteristics as the philodendron. Although it has not been linked to fatalities, it's not as mild as dumb cane if ingested by your pet. Along with the other three types of plants recorded here, it's listed as toxic and unsafe on the ASPCA hazardous plant archive.
Dogs and cats shouldn't be ingesting anything you didn't plan to feed them. Make sure you stop them from eating things around the house early in their training to develop good habits. Always try to be careful selecting the types of plants you want to bring indoors. LTD Commodities has a wide selection of home decor alternatives to use instead of plants, like a miniature Halloween village and unique tabletop decorations.