Plants That Are Poisonous for Your Pets

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Plants help improve the indoor environment. Planting trees at home or in office spaces emanates positivity and works wonders for the well-being of the inhabitants.

House owners usually take a liking towards nurturing decorative plants. However, if you are a pet owner you need to be careful about the type of plants you wish to grow in your house.

Below is the list of plants that you should avoid growing in your homes:

1. English Ivy aka Hedera Helix
Hedera Helix, popularly known as the English Ivy is an ornamental plant that is grown by home owners both inside and outside depending on the space and interiors of the house. The English Ivy foliage is varied and quite spectacular. The plant grows effortlessly in both cold and low light conditions. According to an article published in the Healthline, English Ivy is antiarthritic, anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant for humans. 

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But for your pet, the English Ivy may not be proven to be a healthy option to have in your house.

2. Corn Plant aka Dracaenafragrans
The Dracaena fragrans houseplant is a top recall for novice gardeners. This plant requires minimal attention and grows into a striking houseplant with variegated leaves.

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However, saponin, a toxin that is found in the plants is lethal for cats and dogs. It causes the dog or cat to vomit. Additionally, loss of appetite, diarrhea, weakness drooling and dilated pupils are the common signs that can be seen in the pet dog or cat.

3. Sago Palm aka Cycas revoluta
The Sago Palm as the name suggests looks like a palm tree and has fronds which are feather like. Overall the sago palm has an ornamental appearance and adds to the aesthetic appeal of the living space.

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But on the flipside, a sago palm can cause liver failure, multiple organ failure, diarrhea and vomiting if and when consumed by your pet. Especially highly toxic for dogs.

4. Angel’s Trumpet aka Brugmansia
If a pet owner owns a huge property that has a backyard fish pond then it is imperative for him or her to be attentive about the plants they may want to grow.

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Angel’s Trumpet is one such houseplant that is toxic to both the pet owner and the pets. Every single part of the Brugmansia is said to be poisonous including the flowers, leaves, seeds and the roots. This house plant is said to consist of scopolamine, atropine, and hyoscyamine which are classified as toxic alkaloids. 

Constipation, migraine headaches, dry mouth, confusion, poor coordination, dilated pupils (mydriasis), and even death are said to have been caused by Angel’s Trumpet.

4. Chinese Evergreen aka Aglaonema 
The Aglaonema belongs to the herb plant type. It is known to withstand poor light and dry air conditions. Well-drained soil is enough for the plant to grow properly. Preferably grown as a house plant, the Chinese Evergreen leaves can be two feet in length and the plant can grow up to three feet in height.

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Toxicity of the Chinese Evergreen with respect to pet ingestion is moderate. Mouth swelling with pain, excessive drooling, vomiting, and oral irritation are the indications of intoxication.– highlight whether applicable for humans or pets!

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5. Azalea aka Rhododendron
A flowering shrub, the Azalea is a splendid plant which is easy to nurture, transplant and is relatively economical friendly. The Azalea shrub is available in many colours and an ideal one to grow in locations that receive low sunlight.

The Pet Poison Helpline states that the toxicity of Rhododendron depends on the hybridization. The plant contains grayanotoxins which disturb the sodium channels in the muscles attached to the bones and the heart muscle.

Azalea plant is said to also cause other health conditions in your pet which include abdominal pain, irregular heart rate, and rhythms, weakness, blindness, seizure, and coma.

6. Tulip aka Tulipa
The tulip is a bulbous plant with broad leaves and more or less helps in adds to the décor of house interiors. It is said that Tulips were first cultivated in Turkey and were later introduced into Europe.

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According to The PetMd.com, the bulb of the Tulip plant is extremely poisonous to dogs. Some of the adverse effects of consuming this plant lead to nausea, extreme drooling, and oral irritation.

7. Weeping Fig aka Ficus Benjamina
The reason why it is called the Weeping Fig is because the FicusBenjamina plant responds to negative conditions by letting go of each one of its green leaves. 

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According to Plantopedia English, this the manner in which the Weeping Fig lets us know that it does not feel well. Odd as it may seem, such a vulnerable plant itself can be toxic for pets is incomprehensible. 

The Weeping Fig is likely to cause vomiting, diarrhea, skin irritation and loss of appetite in dogs and cats.

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