Detoxifying Plants That are Safe for Dogs

At Mednet Direct, we offer the best potty training pads on the market, and they’ll help to keep the odors at bay by preventing accidents from seeping deep into the fibers of your carpet. However, our pet mats can only do so much, and if you’re worried about other odors or toxins in your home, you can help to reduce them by investing in detoxifying plants. Believe it or not, certain plants can reduce all kinds of toxins, from xylene to formaldehyde, but it’s important to note that not all of these plants are safe in homes with pets.

Why you should do your homework before buying any plants.

There are a number of plants that can keep the air in your home purer but are also poisonous to our four-legged friends. These plants include Aloe and Peace Lilies, but you can find a full list when you visit the ASPCA online. Before placing any plants in your home, or even outside of your home where your dog can reach, make it a point to check the ASPCA’s list. If your dog has ingested any plants that are toxic to them, the symptoms will vary depending on what they ingested, but in general, the symptoms will include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Blooding the stool
  • Lethargy
  • Bruising
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nosebleeds
  • Inability to urinate
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Seizures

There are many detoxifying plants that are perfectly safe around dogs.

We hope that we haven’t scared you off from enjoying houseplants in your home, but we do hope that we’ve made you think twice before bringing plants into your home without first making sure that they are safe for your dog. The reality is that there are lots of detoxifying houseplants (and other plants) that are perfectly safe around dogs. Here is a list of just a few of them:

#1. Money Plant

Money trees — officially called Pachira aquatica — are from the swamps of Central and South America, and in the wild, they can grow up to 60 feet tall. Indoors, though, they typically grow between three and six feet. These plants can remove a number of toxins in the air, including xylene, toluene, formaldehyde and benzene. They need an environment with moderate to high levels of humidity and bright but indirect sunlight.

#2. Boston Fern

Boston ferns — also called Nephrolepis exaltata — were first introduced back in 1894 as a new kind of fern that was more adaptable and hardier. These ferns can filter toluene, xylene and formaldehyde out of the air. To care for your Boston fern, you’ll need an environment that is relatively cool, and has plenty of indirect light and humidity.

#3. Areca Palm

The Areca palm — otherwise called Chrysalidocarpus lutescens — is big, bold and demands attention. At full height, they can be up to seven feet tall, and they have a 10-year lifespan. These plants are easy to care for. They require slightly moist soil and indirect light, and they’ll need to be reported every couple of years. Increasing the overall purity of your air, these plants help to filter out xylene and toluene.

Would you like to learn about more dog-friendly plants that can help to filter out toxins from the air in your home? If so, make sure that you stay tuned for our next blog.

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