As a result of the pandemic, some Filipinos have become plant lovers and dog lovers at the same time. Although owning plants is beneficial for our health, many of them are actually toxic for dogs. For this reason, we are not discouraging you to be plantitas and fur parents at once, but to keep our dogs away from these dangerous houseplants.
Make sure to keep our home pet-friendly by being aware of these poisonous plants:
Whilst considered a medicinal plant for humans, aloe vera is toxic for dogs. The main active ingredient in aloe vera, saponin, can lower the blood sugar in dogs causing coma or death in some cases. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, change in urine color, and depression.
Satin Photos might help our home’s interior look elegant, but placing it higher will make our dogs happier. If consumed by a dog, this plant may irritate their mouth, lips, and tongue due to its calcium oxalate. Our fur babies may also experience an increase in salivation, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.
With its natural big leaves, this plant can make our house look fabulous, but our dogs may find it delicious. Also containing calcium oxalate, elephant ears are harmful to dogs. Signs of poisoning would also be an increase in salivation, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.
Also typical to Filipino households, snake plants, just like real snakes, can harm our pets. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are just some of the effects this admired plant can do on our dogs when they ingest saponin, a toxic substance that can also be found in Aloe Vera.
Often labeled as a money plant because, according to Chinese Feng Shui, it brings good luck, wealth, prosperity, and good fortune. Jade plant, however, might not be a good fortune when consumed by our dogs. Gastric distress, heartbeat irregularities, and depression are among the symptoms.
Have you checked your plants at home yet? Prevention, as we always say, is better than cure. Let’s protect our fur babies from these dangerous houseplants! On the other hand, let’s make our home aesthetically pleasing and pet-friendly so that our plants and dogs receive the same protection.
John Angelo, who prefers to be called Jao, is a full-time fur parent of his eight aspins. Prior to the pandemic, writing was his weakness, but he has since discovered that aside from his fur babies, writing is something therapeutic.