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Safe House Plants 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

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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

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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

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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.

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