They may make your living room look pretty, but your house plants could be really dangerous to the health of your furry companion. There are some which should be completely avoided if you share your life with a cat or dog.
We have put together a list of the most dangerous plants. If ingested, some of these may even prove fatal.
1. The Lilieae
Particular plants in the lily family have harmful consequences for both cats and dogs. The Easter Lily and the Stargazer are such examples, causing vomiting and kidney problems which, if not treated in time, may be fatal.
On a slightly less serious note, the Peace Lily may cause inflammation of the tongue and lips, increased saliva, swallowing difficulties or vomiting.
2. The Dieffenbachia
This popular speckled-leaved plant contains a substance which may cause inflammation of the mouth, an excess of saliva, swallowing difficulties and vomiting, for both dogs and cats.
If your cat or dog eats the berries of the Asparagus plant, he may experience stomach pains, diarrhoea or vomiting. Your pet may suffer from dermatitis if exposed to the plant for extended periods of time.
4. The Cyclamen
This flowering plant is as pretty as it is dangerous for animals! If he swallows it, your pet may experience diarrhoea, increased saliva and vomiting.
If your dog or cat ingests large quantities of the plant's tubers (found at the root), he risks abnormal changes to his heart rate and potentially fatal convulsions.
5. The Dragon Tree
The beautiful Dragon Tree, part of the Dracaena fragrans family, is a very common house plant. It contains the poisonous substance saponin, which may cause vomiting, loss of appetite and excessive salivation.
6. Elephant Ear Taro
The Alocasia macrorrhiza, more commonly known as the Elephant Ear Taro because of the shape of its leaves, contains a similar substance to the Dieffenbachia, and may cause the same problems.
7. Aloe (or Aloe Vera)
This tasty plant contains aloin, a poisonous yellow substance which may result in vomiting and a reddish-coloured urine if ingested by your pet.
The leaves of this plant from the Araceae family contain a toxin which causes inflammation of the mouth, increased salivation, swallowing difficulties and vomiting for your pup.
9. Devil's Ivy
Also known as Golden Pothos and Epipremnum Aureus, this pretty plant with heart-shaped leaves is anything but loving! It can cause inflammation of the mouth, in turn creating swallowing difficulties, excessive salivation, or again, vomiting.
10. Jade Plant
Despite its cheerful nicknames (friendship tree, lucky plant or even money tree), this jade-green-leaved plant may slow your pet's heart rate, cause depression and create coordination problems.
The ingestion of this popular festive plant can result in vomiting, convulsions and heart failure.
Don't take any chances with the health of your beloved ball of fluff: choose your house plants wisely!