Just as there are many poisonous plants for dogs, there are a few alternatives that are completely safe! Here are a few good ones that not only look beautiful, they have some great benefits.
- Purple Basil.
Not only is it pretty to look at, this plant is completely harmless to your dog. In fact, this plant has many health benefits. If your dog happens to eat them, she’ll reap the benefits!
Here are just a few of the benefits of basil:
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Pain and fever reducer
- Fights cancer
- Prevents diabetes
- Protects the liver
- Immune boosting
- African Daisy
This flower is part of the sunflower/daisy family (Asteraceae). If you enjoy flowers in your garden and around your house, the African daisy is a safe alternative. These flowers are bright and yellow in colour. They pose zero threat to your dog if she decides to eat them for a snack.
- Canna Lily
This is another low maintenance plant which is very easy to grow. They offer perennial colour without potentially threatening your dog’s health.
Just pay attention when you’re shopping for lilies. There are MANY types of lilies that are highly toxic to dogs and cause serious danger for cats, including:
- Peace lily
- Calla lily
- Lily of the valley
- Autumn crocus
- Palm lily
- Spider Plant
One great thing about the spider plant is it’s safe for ALL PETS. We all know dogs love to eat things, whether they’re harmful or not. The spider plant is no exception to this rule.
Dogs tend to be very fond of the taste of these plants and are likely to chew or eat them. However, this is a better alternative because of their non-toxicity.
Note: If your dog ingests enough of the spider plant, it can cause vomiting. However, this is more of an upset stomach issue rather than a toxic reaction.
Research Before Bringing New Plants Home
If you happen to have one of these poisonous plants for dogs in your house, it’s best to rehome it.
Also, when you visit your local plant nursey, keep in mind that certain plants are toxic to your dog. Ask the staff if the ones you’re looking at are safe for your dog. Or, do a quick Google search from your phone. When it comes to plants that may be toxic, it’s better to be prepared and safe.