Keeping your pets safe is one of the most important things when you become a dog owner. They are very curious creatures and can get into a lot of trouble if you don’t keep an eye on them. Just like when you have children and child-proof your home, you will need to do the same with your puppy.
By choosing non-toxic houseplants, you will already be ahead of the game. Not only will they add life and color to your home, you can be assured that your dog is safe. As with everything, it is better to be safe by keeping plants out of reach of your animals.
Here is my top five list of safe houseplants:
African violets are one of my most favorite safe indoor plants for a home. That may be because I remember them from an early age as my mom would teach me how to root new ones in water when a leaf fell off the plant. They come in a variety of purple shade from very light to deep purple. They are very low maintenance plants and thrive indoors.
I love a good indoor herb garden in the summer. Not only does it make your home look and smell good, it’s great for fresh herbs in your cooking. Not all herbs are good for your though so be thoughtful and research carefully before planting. My go to herbs that are pet friendly are: Basil, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary and Parsley.
The Boston fern is one of the types of ferns that are pet friendly but not all ferns are. You will need to research your ferns carefully. This type of fern is safe for dogs and very popular for the home. They need a cool place with high humidity and indirect sunlight.
These plants have a fuzzy, quilted leaf which may attract your dog for nibbles, but they are safe houseplants. The friendship plant is great for sharing with friends and family, hence the name, as the cuttings from it tend to root very quickly.
Air Plant / Tillandsia
It seems that cats and dogs alike tend to want to chew on these leaves so make sure that you keep this out of reach even though it is non-toxic and safe for them. They are called air plants because unlike other plants that get their nutrients from soil and water, these plants get most of their nutrients from the air.
Which one if your favorite? Do you have any to add to the list?