Are Indoor Plants Safe for Pets?

Close-up of an orange tabby cat sniffing a houseplant.

Accenting your home’s décor with houseplants is a wonderful way to bring the beauty of the outdoors in. Plus, plants provide clean air, a touch of brilliant green, and can be found in sizes to fit almost any space. 

But if you have pets—particularly the curious kind who love to sample the local “cuisine”—you’ll want to be mindful of the plants you pick and where you place them.

Before you head to the nearest hothouse, check out these pet safety tips from the experts at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates to help you be aware of plants that are poisonous to pets.

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Poisonous Foods for Pets

pet dog licking ice cream cone.

When sharing table scraps and snacks with our furry friends, it’s important to know which foods are safe and which are strictly off-limits. A nutritionally sound, species-specific diet is imperative for overall pet wellness, but this doesn’t mean your pet can’t sample the occasional tasty tidbit from your plate. These tips from the experts at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates can help you identify poisonous foods so you can share foods safely with your furry companion.

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The Most Dangerous Plants for Pets

Plants and pets.

Many pets tend to ignore greenery, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune to the risks of certain plants. You could own a plant for many years without it becoming an issue for your pet, until one fateful day their curiosity gets the best of them. The key to avoid an issue is to simply remove all potential threats, and we’ve got the scoop on the most dangerous plants for pets. 

Scan their Environment

It isn’t uncommon to have certain plants growing in the yard, or on the windowsill, that present health risks to pets. Educating yourself on what’s growing around your pet is part of an important defense against potential poisoning. 

An awareness of your pet’s behavior is also necessary. If your pet prefers to munch on leaves, or stomp around in garden beds, we recommend taking a close look at the variety of flowering plants or shrubbery. Your pet might generally display little interest in plants, but be careful when bringing cut flowers into the home. This may be a novelty to your pet and could present a dangerous situation.

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