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Houseplants to Avoid If You Have a Dog

Fatal flora to keep away from your dog

dog in bed with owner plant on left

Plants can bring color and life to your house, but they may have some unintended downfalls. Know which plants to avoid if you have dogs.

Aloe Vera

While aloe vera can be good for our skin, it can be toxic for your dog. If consumed, your dog may experience vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, or tremors.


The plant’s leaves may cause gastrointestinal injuries since they are sharp. Some varieties might be less toxic, but it’s best to avoid all types of holly. Side effects from consuming holly include vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, or head shaking.

Sago Palm

Every part of the sago palm is toxic to dogs, even the seeds. Keep your dog away from these as they are one of the most toxic plants to dogs. They are mostly found in warmer climates. The effects from digesting any part of the sago palm include vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, liver failure, or death.

Tomato Plants

Tomato plants can be toxic for your dog. The green leaves and stems are toxic if your dog digests them. Your dog should also avoid consuming raw tomatoes. Side effects from consuming tomato plants include diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, slow heart rate, and even seizures.


The entire tulip is toxic for your dog, and the bulb is the most toxic. If digested, your dog may experience irritation in their mouth and stomach. Additional side effects may include vomiting, excessive drooling, increased heart rate, or irregular breathing.

If your dog does consume a plant toxic to them, contact your veterinarian immediately.