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What houseplants are dangerous for a dog?

Do you have a lot of potted flowers in your home, and you wonder if they are safe for your dog? Unfortunately, many flowers are poisonous to our four-legged friends. It is good to bear this in mind when dealing with decorating your everyday space.

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Plant decor at home has recently been trendy, based mainly on potted plants. However, it is worth bearing in mind that some flowers are dangerous to your dog’s health. Monstera, aloe, peace Lilly, and a very popular monstera are among them.

What will you learn from this article:

• Some houseplants are dangerous to your dog

• Eating parts of the flower or being in the company of your dog can have adverse effects on your dog

• Pot plants that are dangerous for the dog include, among others, aloe and monster

Potted flowers are dangerous for a dog

For me, flowers are an obligatory decorative element in my home. Especially the potted ones that can stay with me for a long time. Caring for live plants is a great form of spending free time, but also sometimes not easy. Some potted flowers are very demanding.

I don’t know if you are fully aware, but some potted flowers can harm your pet’s health. This may sound quite funny initially, but how can a flower hurt a dog? However, the problem is severe.

Some flowers are poisonous to animals. Humans may realize this because we approach plants differently than our four-legged friends. Often, a reaction to a dog’s contact with a flower is an attempt to bite it. The dog swallowing pieces of the plant can thus deliver dangerous substances to his body.

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Are all potted flowers dangerous for the dog?

Of course, a large portion of the potted flowers will be safe for your four-legged friend. Therefore, if you like this decoration in your home, you do not have to give it up if you have a dog.

However, it is worth bearing in mind that just because a flower is not dangerous to your dog does not necessarily mean it must be within easy reach. I don’t know about your pet, but my dog tends to nibble on the leaves of the flowers on the floor.

I have even worse happened once in my absence. My doggy wanted so much to get some of the plants out of the pot that he knocked the whole plant over to the floor. I don’t think I need to say what I found after my return. The potting soil was everywhere. We recommend the entry: A dog home alone at night.

Therefore, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that if your dog shows an increased interest in flowers, even if they are not dangerous for him, I advise you to put them in a place where they will not be accessible to him.

With this solution, you will save yourself unnecessary stress and the time you would have to spend cleaning the soil from flowers scattered on the floor or, even worse, on the carpet.

What makes potted flowers dangerous for a dog

You are probably wondering how it is even possible that potted flowers can be dangerous to your dog. Interestingly, often these most beautiful flowers can pose a threat. The plant’s appearance does not at all define what effect it will have on your pet.

Therefore, when buying potted flowers for your home, you should check each type before deciding on it.

Not every flower will negatively affect your dog’s health in the same way. Some plants can produce an odour that irritates your four-legged friend. Occasional and short-term stays in his presence may not be dangerous for the dog.

However, if the flower is in a place where your dog spends a lot of time, e.g. asleep, its smell may harm him.

Plants can also be dangerous for a dog when the dog eats them. Eating the entire flower and its parts can negatively impact your dog’s health. Therefore, if you notice that your dog has ingested even a little poisonous plant, you should take the appropriate steps as soon as possible.

What houseplants are dangerous for a dog?

I want to focus primarily on popular potted plants; you often have them in our homes. Thanks to this, you will thoroughly know what flowers your four-legged friend should avoid.

Remember that just because you don’t have a plant in your home doesn’t mean that your pet is completely safe from it. Your dog may come into contact with any of the flowers listed below when visiting friends or in some public place, such as a restaurant or cafe.

That is why it is so essential that you recognize these plants. You can’t predict whether your dog will come into contact with any of the poisonous flowers. If you do not know that a particular plant can harm your dog’s health, you may not react quickly enough if, for example, the dog eats a piece.


Although often presented as very positive for human health, this plant can negatively affect your dog. You hear a lot about the positive effects of aloe. However, in this case, the rule is that not everything good for us will also be appropriate for our pets.

So if you have aloe vera at home, ensure it is not within easy reach of your dog.

Peace Lily

Unfortunately, this incredibly pretty and delicately looking plant can poison your four-legged friend. If eaten by your dog, it can cause severe stomach problems for your pet.

If you notice that your dog has eaten the Peace Lily, go to your vet for a consultation.


Recently, a trendy potted plant that is in our homes is monstera. Unfortunately, this flower is also dangerous for our dogs. However, that gorgeous and magnificent flower contains calcium oxalate insoluble in the dog’s body.

So if a dog eats monstera leaves, it can negatively affect his health and well-being. Considering this plant’s current popularity, so your dog is very likely to stumble upon it, it is good for you to be fully aware of its undesirable effects.


Many plants contain dangerous dog ingredients because they are supposed to deter all kinds of pests. That is the reason why this flower is harmful to the dog.

Dracaena belongs to the group of indoor houseplants that can be poisonous to your four-legged friend. If he is around her, keep an eye on your pet so that he does not try to chew on it.

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Dog versus houseplants

Even if a houseplant poses no threat to your four-legged friend, it’s worth keeping an eye on him. Neither of us wants to clear the soil from the pot scattered all over the living room.

Does your dog show interest in potted plants? I was hoping you could write me your answer by leaving a comment below.

If you have any questions or want me to discuss a topic in the next post, share it in the comments section.

Author: Klaudia, great dog lover

The dog by my side teaches me to enjoy every moment and to perceive each subsequent day as a chance for a new, wonderful adventure. While looking for my soul mate, I found it in a dog's wise eyes.

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