Pets and houseplants.

Houseplants add aesthetic appeal to an interior decor and bring some more life into a space. Many people who love animals have a penchant for plants as well, but these two do not always coexist harmoniously. Keep reading to learn more which plants are safe for your pets and which ones might accidentally poison them:

The Short List of Pet-Friendly Houseplants

There are many pet-friendly plant varieties that you can use inside your home. We recommend doing some research before visiting the garden center, but here is a quick list of some of the safest plant options for pets:

  • African Violet
  • Areca Palm
  • Blue Echeveria
  • Boston Fern
  • Bromeliad
  • Cast Iron Plant
  • Prayer Plant
  • Spider Plant
  • Staghorn Fern
  • Sunflower
  • Zebra Plant

The Short List of Toxic Houseplants for Pets

While many of the following plants are beautiful and make great additions to homes without pets, they can be toxic for your furry friends:

  • Aloe
  • Asparagus Fern
  • Azaleas
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Lilies
  • Pothos
  • Rubber plants
  • Sago Palm
  • Snake plants
  • Tulips

If you have pets, it is safer to avoid these plants altogether.

An Herb Garden in Your House Could be Good For Your Pets

As the days grow shorter, we grieve the loss of fresh herbs from the garden. Growing herbs inside is an antidote to the end of summer blues. But are all herbs safe for pets?

A short list of herbs safe for dogs (a little is enough!) include:

  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Lavender
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme

A short list of herbs safe for cats (a little is enough!) include:

  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Catnip
  • Dandelion
  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Valerian Root

We Are Here to Help You Keep Family Pets Happy and Healthy

At Highway Veterinary Hospital, our staff and veterinarians work together to provide compassionate pet care to keep your furry buddies in great shape. Call us at 301-249-2005 or use our online form to request an appointment for a wellness check or if your pet is sick.