Being a pet owner requires a huge investment of time and money, but the reward is a happy, healthy, and loyal friend for life. East Valley Animal Hospital is a pet hospital located in Gilbert, Arizona. Since some plants can be harmful to your animals, we’re taking time in this blog post to point out some pet-friendly houseplants that will keep your beloved animal healthy and safe. For pet owners, it’s always a good idea to become educated about plant life that may be poisonous to your pet if ingested, and it could avoid an emergency trip to our facility. So, which plants are safe for decorating your home?

Steer Your Pet Away From These Plants

Believe it or not, there is quite a long list of plants that are toxic to cats and dogs. And it’s not always the stems or leaves; the poisonous part could also be the plant’s sap or its roots. Some common poisonous houseplants for dogs and cats include: Aloe Vera, Azalea, Hydrangea, Baby’s Breath, Carnations, Chrysanthemum, Daffodil, Lilies, Poinsettia, Sago Palm, Tomato Plant, Tulips, and certain types of Ivy.

While it’s unlikely that your dog or cat would start chowing down on the common house and garden plants mentioned above, it’s wise to be cautious. For a comprehensive list of which plants to avoid while hiking with your pet, or even feeding them at home, check out this poisonous plant guide for pets.

10 Pet-Friendly House Plants

The number of plants and plant parts to avoid might have you wondering, “What plants are safe for my pets?” The answer? There are plenty of nontoxic options. When thinking about decorating your house, opt for one of these pet-friendly plants:

  1. Spider Plant
  2. Palms
  3. African Violet
  4. Phalaenopsis orchids
  5. Boston Ferns
  6. Tradescantia Zebrina
  7. Wax Plant
  8. Prayer Plant
  9. Bamboo
  10. Echeveria

If your pet happens to ingest a plant that is toxic, East Valley Animal Hospital is a pet hospital near you that can deal with any emergency. We pride ourselves in giving your pet the best care possible—because your pet’s health and happiness means the world to us!


Photo by Sarah Pflug from Burst (4/21/2018)