Is a Dog-safe and Air-purifying Plant a Scam?

Is a Dog-safe and Air-purifying Plant a Scam?

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Dog-safe and air-purifying plants are much better than just ordinary houseplants. Yes! You read it right. If you have a dog and you want to add color and life to your place but having second thoughts because you are worried it is not dog-safe. Continue reading and you'll know that there are tons of ways you can add life to your place without guessing if it's dog-safe or not. Learn what plants are dog-safe, low-effort, air-purifying and don't need much time or maintenance but can liven up your place.

DISCLAIMER: We are the experts on plants, not pets! Please prioritize your dog's health and consult with your veterinarian if you have questions and concerns. In addition, the toxic plants mentioned can affect humans, so this information also applies to small children.

In general, no plant is 100% safe because eating plants and dirt is not a part of a dog’s healthy diet. Luckily, there are ways to let the two exist harmoniously, and dog-safe houseplants that will significantly minimize risk if eaten.

A Guide to Dogs and Houseplants

Consider your dog’s personality and interests. Animal preference is a big key to determine what plants are brought into your home. Some dogs pretend houseplants are nonexistent, while others love to destroy them. If you have a more curious dog at home, be mindful of the plants in your space.

Pay attention to your pet. Dogs usually start disturbing your plants out of boredom. If your dog is ripping off plant leaves or looks like he is about to pee in your potted ficus, it is perhaps their way of telling you that they are bored or need attention. Instead, take a 10-minute break outside to direct their focus elsewhere. This small attention to detail makes a big difference when it comes to preventing disasters.

Keep your houseplants out of reach. For big dogs that can reach high spaces this can be difficult. Many plant parents find it beneficial to use ceiling plant hangers or tall plant shelves that are out of reach.

Dog-safe Houseplants and Their Benefits

Ponytail Palm

Like many palms, this Ponytail Palm is completely dog-safe. It's also drought tolerant! It also absorbs common toxic air that destroys our environment.

Dog-safe Ponytail Palm

Fittonia “Nerve Plant”

Alternatively known as the “fainting plant” due to how picky the plant can be, fittonias are dog-safe and non-toxic. They also help our environment by reducing carbon dioxide, increasing humidity and cleaning air quality.

Dog-safe Fittonia

Spider Plant

Spider plants are beginner friendly, dog-safe, and great in removing indoor pollutants.

Dog-safe Spider Plant

Boston Fern “Compacta”

The Boston Fern is one of many ferns that is dog-safe. It is also excellent at removing a variety of indoor air pollutants including formaldehyde, xylene, toluene and benzene.

Dog-safe Boston Fern

Lemon Lime Maranta "Prayer Plant"

The Lemon Lime Maranta is nicknamed the “Prayer Plants” because the leaves close up at night like praying hands. All color varieties of Marantacae, including red, green, and variegated, are all perfect non-toxic options dog-safe plant. Also, they have oxygenating properties and humidifying capabilities.

Dog-safe Prayer Plant

Hoya Carnosa

Hoyas, or “wax plants”, are dog-safe and a wildly popular houseplant family. Hoyas are low light tolerant, and are non-threatening to dogs, cats, and small children. Hoyas can also promote anti-aging, calming and moisturizing properties.

Dog-safe Hoya

African Violet

It is a stunning dog-safe flower with so many benefits. One of them is good medicine for the cold and flu season, another for reducing cysts and as an anti-inflammatory cure.
Dog-safe African Violet

For complete guide on how to take care of your green friends, visit our plant blog.

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