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15 Plants That Are Safe For Dogs & Perfect for Your Indoor Jungle 

Pot it like it's hot with these pooch-safe house plants.

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Photography: Katy & Shell

Love your dog, but love the idea of a lush indoor jungle too? Oh we hear you, fellow dog mothers and plant lovers! The great news is, it is possible to have both. But, before you go ahead and turn your home into a zen garden paradise, you’ll need to know all the indoor plants that are safe for dogs to live with.

While it’s true we’re proud dog mums, we’re also proud mums to 60+ indoor plant babies (and don’t even get us started on our ceramics collection!) Our house guests are always amazed when they visit for the first time, and often comment on the relaxed and homey vibe the plants bring (‘yes, the air is definitely fresh in here!’ is an oft-repeated phrase in this house).

While indoor plants do bring so much colour and life to a home, it’s really important to make sure any house plants within your dog’s reach are pet-friendly and non-toxic. Luckily, with this list of dog-friendly plants, you can keep your dog safe without having to sacrifice your green thumb.

Here are 15 indoor plants that are safe for dogs, and sure to satisfy your inner plant lady! 

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15 Plants That Are Safe For Dogs & Perfect for Your Indoor Jungle

Boston Fern - 15 Plants That Are Safe For Dogs

Boston Fern

Also known as the sword fern, this lush indoor plant is perfect for dog parents. It’s also said to be one of the best air-purifying plants for the home. 

Spider Plant

The spider plant is a great choice for homes with dogs. Plus, they’re easy to care for – only requiring watering about once a week. 

Parlor Palm

The parlor palm is one of the easiest palms to grow indoors and it can grow 2-6 feet tall in a bright indoor spot! 

Rubber plant - Ficus elastica - Plants that are safe for dogs

Ficus Elastica (Rubber Plant)

Visually striking and simple to care for, these leafy plants are an excellent choice and safe for dogs.

Pygmy Date Palm

The pygmy date palm is a hardy and durable plant. Not to be confused with the full-size date palm. Which can grow 50-60 feet tall outdoors.  

Bird’s Nest Fern

The bird’s nest fern has unique crimped, waxy leaves that spice up any room. Expect to water this plant every 1-2 weeks depending on the light exposure.  

Chinese Money Plant - Non-toxic plants for dogs

Chinese Money Plant 

Check out the money plant for a dog-friendly alternative to a monstera plant. These plants are also rumoured to bring good fortune to the home, so they’re a popular housewarming gift, especially for families with dogs! 

Ponytail Palm

The ponytail palm is a wispy and beautiful plant that dog parents can enjoy in any room of their home. These hardy plants can live for several decades, and have even been known to live past a century! 

Bamboo Palm

Another great dog-friendly plant, the bamboo palm is a low-maintenance house plant that brings a bright energy to the home.

Zebra Hawthoria - Dog-safe House Plants

Zebra Hawthoria

A dog-safe alternative to aloe vera, the zebra hawthoria is a unique little plant often deemed the best succulent for beginners. 

Echeveria

This sturdy succulent is a great dog-safe houseplant for beginners and advanced gardeners alike. Make sure it’s planted in well-drained soil for optimal growth. 

Air Plants

Air plants have tiny scales on their leaves that absorb water and nutrients from the air. Unlike other plants, their roots are used only for clinging and they do not absorb nutrients from the soil. 

Calathea - Dog-safe Indoor Plants

Calathea

The dog-safe calathea is a beautiful plant with spotted green leaves. These plants require a bit of extra care with very specific water and light requirements. 

Polka Dot Plant

Polka dot plants have a pink and green dotted design that brings beautiful colour to any indoor garden. Safe for your dog, they’re a great option for the pet-friendly household. 

Bromeliad Vogue

One of the most unique and distinctive pet-friendly plants, the bromeliad vogue is sure to catch the attention of all your guests. 

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List of poisonous plants to dogs

As well as knowing all the non-toxic house plants you can add to your indoor jungle, it’s important to have a list of all the plants poisonous to dogs so you know which ones to say no to.

So, here’s a list of common house plants toxic to dogs that you should avoid: 

  • Snake Plants 
  • Fiddle Leaf Fig
  • ZZ Plants
  • Philodendron Plants 
  • Devil’s Ivy/Pathos 
  • Mistletoe
  • Hemlock
  • Castor Oil Plant
  • Elephant Ear
  • Jade
  • Lilies
  • Aloe Vera
  • Dumb Cane
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Eucalyptus

Non-toxic house plants safe for dogs

What to do if my dog eats a poisonous plant? 

If you think your dog may have ingested a toxic plant, we recommend contacting your vet or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Centre. Here are the common symptoms of plant toxicity in dogs to look out for:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy 
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tremors
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Seizure
  • Excessive drooling

Even if the symptoms are minor, take your dog to the vet right away. They will perform the necessary tests and treat your dog to avoid serious problems. The ASPCA has plenty of resources on toxic plants for pets to ensure you only bring indoor plants safe for pets into your home. 

TIP: Have a pet door? Don’t overlook your yard! It’s important that any outdoor areas only have plants that are non-toxic to dogs too. Knowing which garden plants are toxic to dogs is just as important as knowing which house plants pet-friendly homes should or shouldn’t have within reach of curious pups.

Now that you’re equipped with a list of dog-safe house plants, it’s time to get started on crafting your indoor jungle. Thistle be the best day ever!

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