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Pet-Safe Houseplants
May 1, 2015

As spring rolls into summer, many of us are doing a bit of remodeling and redecorating, along with gardening. Plants are a great addition to any home. They add a touch of the outdoors, and help filter air. If you have a furry, four-legged family member, however, you’ll want to be very careful about choosing your houseplants. Many common plants are actually very dangerous for our furry friends! In this article, a local Portland, OR, vet lists some pet-safe houseplants.

Spider Plant

These classic hanging plants are easy to care for, and look charming in front of a window or on a mantel!


Ferns are a lovely addition to any home. Several types of ferns, including Lemon Button and Cliff Brake, are safe for pets. Don’t forget to water them often, as ferns can dry up quickly!


While typically an outdoor plant, alyssums can be started or grown indoors. These pretty, feminine flowers come in pink, salmon, purple, white, or yellow.

African Violets

Another great, pet-safe choice, these small, colorful plants don’t need a lot of light, so they can do very well indoors.

Cast Iron Plant

If you don’t exactly have a green thumb, a cast iron plant may be a good choice for you. These dark, pretty plants are very rugged, and tend to survive even the worst gardeners!


Many types of orchids are safe for both Fido and Fluffy. Spice, Lace, and Old World are three types of orchids that are both pet-friendly. The Lily of the Valley orchid is another good option. Orchids can be tricky to care for, so here’s a trick for watering: hold the plant over the sink and let water run through the container for about a minute, then let it drain before putting it back in its place.

Rubber Plants

Rubber plants are easy to care for and very attractive. They are also safe for pets. They may not be safe  from  your pet, however, if your furball tends to knock plants over!

Money Trees

Money trees are not only safe for pets, they’re said to bring good luck! We can’t promise that choosing this plant will bring any financial benefits, but you will at least have an attractive and pet-friendly decoration if you do!

Do you have questions about your pet’s health, care, or behavior? Contact us, your local Portland, OR, veterinary clinic, any time!

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