7 Popular Indoor Plants Poisonous to Dogs

Want to know which indoor plants are poisonous to dogs? There are many popular indoor plants that are poisonous to dogs. As a dog owner, you need to be aware of which houseplants are toxic to dogs so you can keep your dog safe. It doesn’t mean you can’t have these houseplants at home, you just need to be mindful of placement and keep these indoor plants out of reach from your dog. Here are popular indoor plants that are poisonous to dogs. All of these houseplants are also toxic to cats and humans. Source: ASPCA

Indoor Plants Poisonous to dogs
Indoor Plants Poisonous to dogs

7 Indoor Plants Poisonous to Dogs

1. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) is a houseplant poisonous to dogs. It contains saponins. Saponins have been used as fish poison! Snake Plants are toxic to dogs and can cause vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea. Don’t let your dog chew on the leaves of your snake plant! 

Snake Plant
Snake Plant

Snake Plant is a very popular houseplant that is almost indestructible. It is a tough houseplant that is easy to grow and is an air purifying plant.  If you have snake plants at home, keep them away from your dog. 

NameSnake Plant
Botanical NameSansevieria trifasciata
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright, filtered Light but can tolerate low light
WaterModerate Water
HumidityTolerates dry air well
Toxic to Pets and HumansToxic
Air Purifying Plant Removes trichloroethylene (TCE), benzene, and formaldehyde
Snake Plant Houseplant Facts

2. Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum)

Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum) is toxic to dogs. It contains calcium oxalate crystals. If your dog were to chew on the leaves of your Heartleaf Philodendron, it will result in vomiting and difficulty breathing. It can also cause swelling of lips, tongue, and mouth and excessive drooling. Heartleaf Philodendron is a popular houseplant because it is so easy to grow indoors. Keep your Heartleaf Philodendron high up on a bookshelf or hanging in a basket so it is away from your dog. 

Heartleaf Philodendron
Heartleaf Philodendron
NameHeartleaf Philodendron
Botanical NamePhilodendron hederaceum
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright, Filtered Light. Can Tolerate Low Light.
WaterModerate Water
HumidityHigh Humidity
Toxic to Pets and HumansToxic
Air Purifying Plant Removes formaldehyde
Heartleaf Philodendron Houseplant Facts

3. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is an indoor plant poisonous to dogs. The leaves contain calcium oxalate crystals which are toxic to dogs. Don’t let your dog chew on the leaves of your Pothos because it can cause swelling of lips, tongue and mouth and excessive drooling. It will also result in vomiting and difficulty breathing. Pothos is an easy, low-maintenance houseplant. It is also an effective air purifying houseplant. Since your Pothos is poisonous to your dog, keep it away from your dog- it will look great dangling from a hanging basket or perched on a high bookshelf. 

Pothos
Pothos
NamePothos
Botanical NameEpipremnum aureum
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright, Filtered Light or Artificial Light. Can Tolerate Medium Light.
WaterModerate Water
HumidityHigh Humidity
Toxic to Pets and HumansToxic
Air Purifying Plant Removes trichloroethylene (TCE), Formaldehyde, and Benzene.
Pothos Houseplant Facts

4. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum spp.)

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum spp.) is an indoor plant poisonous to dogs. It has leaves that contain calcium oxalate crystals which are toxic to dogs. Don’t let your dogs chew on the leaves! If your dog starts vomiting, having difficulty breathing, swelling of lips, tongue and mouth and excessive drooling- call your vet immediately! You can still keep Peace Lily at home since it is so easy to grow and is a beneficial air purifying plant. But just make sure to keep your Peace Lily out of reach and away from your dog! 

Peace Lily
Peace Lily
NamePeace Lily
Botanical NameSpathiphyllum spp.
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightMedium Light. Can tolerate low light.
WaterModerate Water
HumidityHigh Humidity
Toxic to Pets and HumansToxic
Air Purifying Plant Removes acetone, benzene, and formaldehyde
Peace Lily Houseplant Facts

5. Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)

Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa) is a beautiful houseplant with large green leaves that have holes and slits but it is an indoor plant that is poisonous to dogs! It may be difficult to keep your Swiss Cheese Plant away from your dog since it is a large plant that sits on the floor. I’d recommend not keeping Swiss Cheese Plant at home if you can’t keep it away from your dog. 

Swiss Cheese Plant
Swiss Cheese Plant
NameSwiss Cheese Plant
Botanical NameMonstera deliciosa
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright Indirect Light (no direct sun)
WaterMedium Water
HumidityMedium Humidity
Toxic to Pets and HumansToxic
Swiss Cheese Plant Houseplant Facts

6. Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)

Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) is toxic to dogs. It is an indoor plant that should be kept away from your dog. I suggest you don’t have it at home if you can’t keep it away from your dog since it is a large houseplant and will need to be on the floor.

Fiddle Leaf Fig
Fiddle Leaf Fig
NameFiddle Leaf Fig
Botanical NameFicus lyrata
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright Indirect Light
WaterMedium Water
HumidityHigh Humidity
Toxic to Pets and HumansToxic
Fiddle Leaf Fig Houseplant Facts

7. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) is an indoor plant that is poisonous to dogs. It contains calcium oxalate crystals which can cause vomiting and difficulty breathing. Don’t let your dogs chew on the leaves of your ZZ plant since it is toxic to your dog. ZZ plant is a very popular houseplant because it is a tough, easy to grow, and low-maintenance houseplant. 

ZZ Plant
ZZ Plant
NameZZ Plant
Botanical NameZamioculcas zamiifolia
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright, filtered Light but can tolerate low light
WaterModerate Water
HumidityTolerates dry air well
Toxic to Pets and HumansToxic
ZZ Plant Facts

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