Ask the Vet: 10 Common Houseplants that are Toxic to Dogs
Does your dog like to eat grass and other plants? Hundreds of plants can be toxic to dogs, so it is important to educate yourself on the type of plants in your environment, and also to train your dog not to eat them. Ten common houseplants that are toxic to dogs include:
Consider eliminating toxic houseplants from your home. If you choose to keep the plants, here are tips to prevent your dog from ingesting them:
- Teach your dog to leave plants alone. Use the “No!” command in a firm voice, and praise your dog for obedience.
- Place the houseplants well out of reach of your dog.
- Supervise your dog at all times, and use a crate when you are out of the house.
- Spray houseplants with diluted lemon juice (half water and half juice); the sour taste may deter them.
If your pet happens to ingest any of these plants, you can call the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 or the Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680.