7 Pet-Friendly Non-Toxic Houseplants for Dogs

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I’ve created a handy list of non-toxic houseplants to help dog owners choose houseplants that they can feel safe about.

Choosing houseplants can be a challenge. Especially if you own a dog that likes to nibble and chew on houseplants. To take the stress out of choosing houseplants that are non-toxic to dogs, I am sharing a list of houseplants that will help ease your mind when bringing them into your home.

I am not a veterinarian, but I advise all houseplant owners to not let their dogs, cats, or kids eat their houseplants – speak to your vet about any questions you may have in regard to your dog eating houseplants.

Non-Toxic Houseplants for Dogs

You can feel completely at ease when purchasing any of these houseplants that are safe and non-toxic for dogs.

1) Dwarf Banana Tree

  • The Dwarf Banana Tree is a tropical plant with broad paddle-shaped leaves that grow out from its stalky center.
  • My mom gifted Caleb and me one when we got engaged. When we first got it it was maybe 1 foot tall, now, 4 years later it touches the ceiling in our foyer!
  • This dog safe houseplant originated in East Asia and loves humidity.
  •  It is relatively easy to care for but does require ample humidity and frequent watering.
  • Get Your Own!

2) Boston Fern

  • We have one of these in our living room.
  • The Boston Fern is one of my favorites, not only because of its pleasing appearance but because it generates more oxygen per square inch than almost any other plant.
  • It also transpires water, making it a natural humidifier.
  • Get Your Own!

boston fern

3) Ponytail Palm Tree

  • Oddly enough, a ponytail palm tree is neither a palm nor a tree. The ponytail palm is a member of the Agave family and is actually a succulent.
  • Other common names for this dog safe houseplant include the bottle palm tree or the elephant foot tree.
  • The common characteristics of this plant include a bulbous trunk, which is used to store water, and its long, hair-like leaves that grow from the top of the trunk like a ponytail, giving the plant its renowned name.
  • Get Your Own!

4) Spider Plant

  • Spider Plants are non-toxic to dogs and great for reducing toxins in your home. They love humidity so they also will thrive in bathrooms.
  • If you are noticing the ends of the leaves turning brown, give it a tad more water or move it to a location with higher humidity (such as the above-mentioned bathroom). Another reason the tips of the leaves are turning brown is that there may be too much fluoride in your tap water; just simply trim off the brown tips and switch to distilled water. 
  • Get Your Own!

spider plant non toxic dogs

 

5) Bromeliad

  • Bromeliad’s come in different colors and sizes, but the typical colors you will see are yellow and red. We have a rarer one, “Silver Vase” with bright pink flowers.
  • The Bromeliad fasciata ⁠have unique leaves that grow in a circular fashion so that they form a “cup” in the center as they grow.⁠ The central “cup” collects the water for the plant and as the plant matures it will produce a tall flower stalk with pink bracts.
  • ⁠They require very bright light in order to flower. I use a plant light to supplement the limited sunlight during the winter and fall.⁠⠀
  • Fun Fact! Bromeliads remove formaldehyde from the air.⁠⠀
  • Get Your Own!

6) Venus Fly Trap

  • Venus flytraps love humidity and moist soil.
  • Never let your plants stand constantly in water – it is best to grow them in a pot with drainage holes or fill the bottom of your planter with gravel, stones, or old golf balls.
  • Good air circulation is also important in growing Venus flytrap so having it by a fan or an open window during the summer is a great idea!
  • I’ll refer to Wiki for more details about this peculiar plant…the Venus flytrap, Dionaea muscipula, is a carnivorous plant native to subtropical wetlands on the East Coast of the United States. It catches its prey—chiefly insects and arachnids—with a trapping structure formed by the terminal portion of each of the plant’s leaves, which is triggered by tiny hairs (called “trigger hairs” or “sensitive hairs”) on their inner surfaces. When an insect or spider crawling along the leaves contacts a hair, the trap prepares to close, snapping shut only if another contact occurs within approximately twenty seconds of the first strike. Triggers may occur if one-tenth of the insect is within contact.[4] The requirement of redundant triggering in this mechanism serves as a safeguard against wasting energy by trapping objects with no nutritional value, and the plant will only begin digestion after five more stimuli to ensure it has caught a live bug worthy of consumption.
  • Get Your Own!

7) Peperomia

  • Peperomias are like the mini-me of the Rubber Plant. These non-toxic houseplants are in the peppercorn family; Piperaceae.
  • They are super easy to care for, require minimal watering, and are natural air purifiers.
  • They are a unique houseplant because they come in so many different varieties.
  • Get Your Own!

 

non toxic dog houseplants

 

Buy Your Non-Toxic Houseplant: 1) Dwarf Banana Tree | 2) Boston Fern | 3) Ponytail Palm Tree | 4) Spider Plant | 6) Venus Fly Trap | 5) Bromeliad | 7) Peperomia

7 Non-Toxic Houseplants for Dogs

Buy Your Non-Toxic Houseplant:

1) Dwarf Banana Tree | 2) Boston Fern | 3) Ponytail Palm Tree | 4) Spider Plant | 6) Venus Fly Trap | 5) Bromeliad | 7) Peperomia

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