The House Counselor Answers: What Plants Are Poisonous to Pets?

Certain plants and flowers can be toxic to dogs and cats. Laurie March has information on which plants to keep and which ones are pet friendly.
Sow Iberis Seeds in Shape of Dog for Fun Project

Sow Iberis Seeds in Shape of Dog for Fun Project

Try using Iberis seeds to plant in the shape of a dog for cute floral display.

©2010, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2010, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Related To:

Hello pet and plant lovers! I’m back with another dog-friendly question and this one is very important. 

Elaine in Waverly, Ohio, wrote to say Laurieeeee! I’m a crazy dog lady with a green thumb! I can’t keep my pups from snacking on my plants when I’m not looking. I’m worried that certain plants might make them sick. Which plants should I get rid of and/or which ones can I keep?

Check out the video below to hear some of my advice.

Pet-Friendly Plant Care 02:16

 

So if you want to be sure that your pets and your plants play nice together, check out this list from HGTV.com. The Humane Society also has a very handy printout listing poisonous plants. And the ASPCA has a fantastic database you can visit to find out which plants are toxic and non-toxic to a variety of animals. Take a look here

My neighbor's dog enjoying some fresh air! A lucky picture shot!

My neighbor's dog enjoying some fresh air! A lucky picture shot!

My neighbor's dog enjoying some fresh air! A lucky picture shot!

If you notice your dog eating grass and plants more than usual, it might be time for a trip to the vet. It can sometimes be a sign that they’re lacking something nutritionally or need medical attention.

Getting ready for summer Elvis (what else do you name a dog from Vegas) loves to swim.

Getting ready for summer Elvis (what else do you name a dog from Vegas) loves to swim.

Getting ready for summer Elvis (what else do you name a dog from Vegas) loves to swim.

We love our dogs, but since we can’t keep our eyes on them all time, it’s reassuring to know that we’ve done our research and their environment is safe. By choosing your houseplants carefully, you can be sure your furry friends are happy, healthy and, um, comfortable? Is that comfortable? 

Keep Reading

Next Up

Sneaky Chef: How to Hide Veggies in Chicken Nuggets

Spike chicken nuggets with fresh summer squash to add nutritious goodness to these kid-favorites.

The House Counselor Answers: How Do You Protect Hardwood Floors From Pets?

Dogs and cats can reek havoc on hardwood flooring. Laurie March has some tips on finishes and maintenance that will keep your floors looking great.

How to Keep Your Orchid Happy

Keep that beauty growing! Find out everything you need to know to help potted orchids thrive.

Keep It Clean: How to Make Dry Dog Shampoo

Keep your dog smelling fresh in between baths.

How to Keep Your Houseplants Alive This Winter

Avoid committing plant-icide as you move outdoor plants inside with these tips from expert Justin Hancock.

How to Make a Durable Dog Bed for Less Than $25

Celebrate national dog day by making your furry BFF a comfy new nap cushion. 

Plant Succulents in Pumpkins for a Modern Fall Tablescape

Add fresh color and life to your fall decorations with succulents planted in tiny pumpkins.

6 Things You Need to Know About Planting Asparagus

Thinking about growing asparagus? Get the dirt on raising these tasty springtime spears.

The Perfect Plants for Hot Summer Weather

Discover the best summer perennial flowers, plants that strut their stuff when temperatures soar.

In Your Words: 9 Tomato Planting and Growing Tips to Try

These tomato tips from our readers combine folk wisdom with science and a little luck. Try them and see if they boost your harvest.

What We're Loving Now

We're crushing on these trends, recipes and DIYs.

More From the Archives

Browse through our archives to discover "why-didn't-I-think-of-that" projects, cool hacks and  genius DIY ideas.

Read Our Previous Posts

Meet the Team

About the Team

Get to know the crafty, creative writers and editors behind DIY's Made+Remade blog. 

Go Behind the Blog