Which indoor plants are toxic to dogs and cats?

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The question of the toxin content in plants is quite legitimate. Mother Nature has produced a wealth of plants that contain substances with a harmful effect on the organism. The devil of it is that some plants are harmless to humans, while they have dangerous effects on life and limb for animals. Responsible pet owners are right to ask: which indoor plants are toxic to dogs and cats? The following list of questionable species and varieties gives more information.
Toxic to dogs and cats
The ingenious nutritional plan for the beloved dog and the idolized cat runs into nothing if they spoil the stomach of a houseplant because it was nibbled on. Pay close attention to the following list, which lists questionable species and varieties in alphabetical order:
Cyclamen (Cyclamenpersicum)
The extremely popular potted plants bloom on the windowsill from August to April in white, pink and red. The tubers, however, recover the toxin cyclamine. Nice 0.2 grams suffice to cause the first poisoning symptoms. The intake of 8 grams and more is considered a lethal dose.
Amaryllis (Hippeastrum spec.)
Known as Ritterstern houseplant contains both in the onion and in the other plant parts, the alkaloid lycorin, as highly toxic is to be classified. Even a simple skin contact can cause bad irritation. The consumption of a flower bulb - even in small quantities - is life threatening for dog and cat.
Azalea (Rhododendron simsii)


The azalea must not be missing on a creatively arranged flower bank. Due to the content of acetylandromedol, dog and cat are threatened with poisoning, when they eat plant parts, Nausea, vomiting to slowed heart activity are the consequences.
Birch fig (Ficus)
While the white milky sap of a birch fig is largely unproblematic for humans, your four-legged companion suffers from typical poisoning after picking up gum tree leaves. If it is a larger quantity, come paralysis added.
Bow hemp (Sansevieria trifasciata)
On the local windowsill Bogenhanf experienced as an evergreen foliage plant a much noticed comeback. Much to the chagrin of dog and cat, because the contained saponins work even in small quantities toxic.
Christmas thorn (Euphorbia milii)
From November to April, the popular wolf milk plant provides colorful flower abundance on the local windowsill. As well as that the bush carries sharp thorns to keep out curious dogs and cats. When consumed causes the poisonous milk juice bad headache and staggering drowsiness. In the further course it comes to the shock and a serious kidney damage.
Dieffenbachie (Dieffenbachia seguine)
With magnificent foliage and a mighty habit, this houseplant attracts everyone's attention. Unfortunately, pets are attracted by the tropical plant. However, the Arum family has shooting cells from which to release powerful toxins. For dogs and cats, this means painful burns to the eyes with subsequent inflammation. Nibbling the animal on the leaves, it suffers worst nausea, diarrhea, arrhythmia to death.

Cat at green-lily

Tip: If you clean the leaves of a Dieffenbachie, gloves alone are not sufficient protection. Only adequate glasses prevent the poison from the shooting cells reaching your eyes.

Dragon Tree (Dracaena drago)
An excellent houseplant for beginners, because the dragon tree proves to be pleasing easy-care and frugal. For dogs and cats, the decorative ornamental plant should be unattainable because the saponins contained in the leaves are poisonous.
Efeutute (Scindapsus)
With its long tendrils, the Efeutute climbs up trellises and other climbing aids to present their shapely, attractively drawn foliage. Since it is one of the arum family, a cultivation in the household with dog and cat is problematic. Skin contact causes inflammation. If leaves get into the stomach, nausea and vomiting occur.
Single leaf (Spathiphyllum floribundum)
With its large, bright white bract and striking flask, the single leaf is at the top of the popularity scale. Clairaudient, however, makes the fact that this houseplant is attributed to the Aronstabgewächsen. Pets should be closed to access to these poisonous plants.
Window leaf (Monstera)
Immigrated from Mexico, the window leaf adorns shady, half-shady corners of the room with its magnificent, partly feathered leaves. The tropical beauty must not hide the unpleasant property of shooting with poison around.If you want to protect your four-legged friends, they should be protected from contact with the window leaf.
Tip: A not less magnificent, but largely harmless alternative to the poisonous window leaf is the classic philodendron.
Flamingo flower (Anthurium)
As a classic among indoor plants, the anthurium is unfortunately interspersed with the pungent Aroin, which has a toxic effect on dogs and cats. Already external contact causes swelling and inflammation. If it comes for consumption, increased salivation, difficulty swallowing and vomiting are the result.
Gold trumpet (Allamandacathartica)
The tropical houseplant with the golden funnel blossoms is still a mystery, which toxin causes the animals pain and discomfort. The fact is that it comes by poisoning or ingestion to poisoning.
Caladium (Caladium bicolor)
The conspicuously drawn leaves delude themselves over the poisonous, colorless sap flowing through the veins of a Kaladie. If the spicy substance gets into the animal stomach, intestinal inflammation is the result, accompanied by diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. The well-known as Buntwurz houseplant should therefore be unreachable for dog and cat.
Piston thread (Aglaonema commutatum)
They are numerous among the most popular rooms, the arum family. The opulent Kobenfaden falls unfortunately also under this category. Like all plants of this plant family, the tropical beauty is poisonous in all parts. This applies to all pets, especially dogs and cats.
Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)
As a houseplant, a croton is impressively in scene with colorfully drawn sheets. The colorless sap would not be noticeable if it were not highly toxic. The symptoms of poisoning of pets range from irritated mucous membranes in the mouth to vomiting and bloody diarrhea.
Palme Lily (Yucca elephantipes)
The yucca palm is the typical representative of a houseplant that is harmless to humans and poisonous to dogs or cats. The toxicity is caused by saponins in the plant sap, which cause considerable discomfort in the animals after consumption.
Magnificent lily (Gloriosa superba)


The tropical climber lives up to its name, especially during the summer flowering season. Unfortunately, the same venom spreads through the plant pathways, causing a mischief in an autumnal time. If your four-legged companion is only destroying a small amount, the consequences are dramatic. It starts with dysphagia, goes on in stomach and intestinal spasms, followed by the worst colic up to circulatory collapse and respiratory paralysis. The cultivation of a magnificent lily in the vicinity of pets therefore needs to be well considered. Families with children should always refrain from it.
Shale leaf (Begonia)
Happily, not all begonias are poisonous. If you want to enjoy the colorful floral florals in the room, simply avoid Begonia gracilis and Begonia rex, as these varieties contain harmful calcium oxalates and oxalic acid. As new varieties come onto the market over and over again, prudent pet owners ask for caution when buying.
Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)
Your flowering announces the upcoming Christmas. On the winter window sill the poinsettia as a houseplant is an indispensable part of the standard equipment. While the milk juice is safe for humans from breeding forms, it proves to be treacherous for dogs and cats. Chewing your four-legged housemates on the leaves, the punishment follows on the foot in the form of symptoms of intoxication in any form up to death.
Desert Rose (Adenium obesum)
The botanists readily assigned this houseplant to the dog-poisonous plants. In fact, the desert rose is similarly virulent, like Red Foxglove in the garden. In the vicinity of children and pets, therefore, strict safety precautions are advised.
If the gardener's heart beats both for decorative ornamental plants and for dogs and cats, every houseplant will be questioned about its toxin content. Unfortunately, some species and species are harmless to humans, while posing a harmful or lethal hazard to pets. Other ornamental plants are aware of their toxic effects on their own health, because they are also poisonous for the beloved pet. It therefore pays off to take a look at this list of poisonous houseplants for dogs and cats from multiple points of view.

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