Plants Safe for Dogs and Plants Toxic to Dogs

Everyone loves to add a little greenery to their home! It adds color, life, aesthetic, and even cleaner air to a space. But as pet owners it is so important to know which houseplants are safe for dogs and cats. Some pets can be very curious about plants and even attempt to chew their leaves, so I am here to go over plants safe for dogs just in case that happens!

Plants Safe for Dogs

Prayer Plant 

The Maranta Leuconeura, also known as the prayer plant, is a plant with a beautiful bright green and white design. These plants are non-toxic to both cats and dogs. They require bright indirect sunlight and do like higher humidity. 

Areca Palm 

If you’re looking to add a large statement plant to a room these large palms are for you! They come in different varieties and can grow up to 6 feet tall. The large palm fronds can entice cats’ playful side, so you can have peace of mind knowing beauty won’t harm them even if they do decide to play with it. 


Calathea’s come in a huge array of varieties to choose from. All are gorgeous, most having a pinkish color added to their leaf designs. Get one of each because all of them are cat and dog friendly plants! But keep a humidifier close by, as the plants love the humidity!

Spider Plant

Not only is the spider plant cool looking and easy to grow, it is pet safe too! 

A dog sits surrounded by a variety of houseplants

African Violet

If a plant with a little pop of color is your thing, then the African Violet is for you! They are one of only a few flowering house plants safe for dogs, and can bloom even in low light. Their flowers are a gorgeous deep purple (hence their name) with a small, bright yellow center! 

Banana Tree

Another big statement plant for your space is a Banana Tree! It’s large leaves give a tropical vibe and are sure to draw attention. 


Although these plants stay fairly small, they do grow in clusters. They have pretty ripple designed leaves and come in different color varieties varying from deep green to reddish/purple. 

Two images- In the first a dog sits in a row of plants at a greenhouse. In the second, the same dog sits in a backyard surrounded by plants

Dog friendly plants are great, but for us plant people there are so many other plants we want to own too! Just because a plant is toxic for our pets doesn’t mean we can’t own it. There are just some extra precautions to take! For dog owners, just putting them in an area the dog doesn’t frequent or is out of reach. For cat owners it can be a little trickier. Cats love to jump high up onto  spaces, so your best bet for keeping toxic plants out of a cat’s reach is having a specific area that the plants go where the cats are not allowed into. 

Plants Toxic to Dogs

Here is a list of common plants to be extra careful with, as they are all plants toxic to dogs

  • Aloe Vera
  • Ivy
  • Jade
  • Dumb Cane
  • Philodendron
  • Pothos
  • Sage Palm
  • ZZ plant
  • Peace Lily
  • Bird of Paradise

Whatever plants you choose to spruce up your home, you will be adding a little extra happiness! Give them a little water and a lot of love and watch them thrive!!