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Safe House Plants for Dogs

By Victoria Ries ; Updated September 21, 2017
Know which house plants are safe for dogs.
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House plants are beneficial to us because they exchange the carbon dioxide we exhale for oxygen. However, not all house plants are safe to have around dogs. Many common house plants contain toxins that, when ingested in sufficient quantities, may poison your dog or cause accidental death. Therefore, knowing which house plants are safe is important for pet owners.

Bamboo Palm

The bamboo palm is commonly known as a parlor palm.
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A popular house plant, the bamboo palm (Chamaedorea elegansis) is safe to display around your dog and harmless if it is accidentally ingested by your pet. The bamboo palm is also known as the miniature fish-tail dwarf palm, a parlor palm and the good luck palm. It grows into a large, tree-like specimen made up of many dark-green palm fronds on delicate stems.

African Violet

The African violet is safe for dogs.
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The African violet (Saintpaulia spp.), with its thick, furry or shiny leaves and colorful flowers, is nontoxic to dogs. Commonly known as the cape marigold, this plant is safe to display around your house and rarely grow more than 6 inches in height. The African violet does not like to be over-watered and prefers neutral (PH 6.6 to 7.5) to mildly acidic (PH 6.1 to 6.5) soil.

American Rubber Plant

The American rubber plant is nontoxic to dogs.
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The American rubber plant (Peperomia obtusifolia) is easy to care for and safe to have around dogs. This specimen features wide, waxy, veined leaves and is capable of growing ceiling-tall and beyond. This species of nontoxic house plant likes regular watering and dusting of the leaves to keep it looking shiny, healthy and robust.


About the Author


Victoria Ries is a freelance writer whose work has been published in various print magazines, including "Guideposts," "BackHome," New Homesteading" and "Mother Earth News." Ries enjoys working on diverse topics such as travel, animal rescue, health and home business. Ries is currently working on her B.A. in psychology.