Want beautiful indoor plants and a safe area for your pup at the same time? No problem! This is not meant to be an exhaustive list but will provide some of our favorite indoor plants that are safe for dogs.
There are quite a few commonly sold plants that are extremely toxic to dogs and some that will cause a lot of GI upset! Luckily, there are some non-toxic indoor plants! If you want to double-check to make sure you choose indoor plants safe for dogs, we recommend checking out the ASPCA’s Toxic and Non-Toxic Plant List – Dogs. Their information should be used as a more comprehensive source.
As a side note, if you think your pup may consume a plant, refrain from spraying pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides in the area. These typically function as poisons of various sorts, so even if they are a “pet-safe plant” they can still be risky.
First, we are not veterinarians, scientists, or poison control experts. We are providing information on plants that are dog-friendly for educational purposes only. Any specific questions should be addressed with your veterinarian or another relevant professional. We don’t recommend letting your pup chow down and consume large amounts of any plants, as GI upset, at a minimum, can occur from almost anything. How do you think you’d feel if you ate half a pound of carrots in one sitting, regardless of how healthy carrots are?
If your pup has eaten something that you believe may be poisonous, call the Animal Poison Control hotline at the number listed on their page. They are a great resource, and we’ve personally used them when one of our own dogs got ahold of a toad. The experience was quite traumatic, even though we later found out there was not a real risk of any serious side effects except some minor GI upset, but they talked us through what to do, and calling them was a requirement from our emergency vet.
In case you missed it, pet-proofing your garden or home is one of the suggestions from our article on saving time and money with a pup. Check out the article if you’re looking for tips to help make your life easier or more affordable!
Our favorite indoor plants safe for dogs
The part you are here for! These plants are generally considered safe for dogs, but every dog is different! If you have specific questions, make sure to talk to the Animal Poison Control hotline, your veterinarian, or another relevant professional. Unless you’re 100% confident the plant will be okay for your dog, we also recommend not letting them go to town eating them, just to be safe.
We define indoor plants safe for dogs as plants that are listed as non-toxic by the ASPCA’s Toxic and Non-Toxic Plant List – Dogs. We did not include some plants on our list, even though they aren’t on the ASPCA toxic plants list, due to the difficulty of listing every single plant that exists.
African violets were also on our list of flowers safe for dogs, but they make fantastic pet-safe indoor plants, as well! These plants have relatively easy care requirements and can come in a variety of different colors including pink, purple, white, and red. They tend to do best in indirect light, which is perfect for an indoor setup. Even if you live in a cooler climate, these plants can add some color to the inside of your house!
One of the reasons we love African violets is that they are hardy pet friendly houseplants. We rehabilitated ours from the clearance rack of a local store, so if we can do it, you can too!
2. Areca palm
Areca palms are a great option if you’re in search of large indoor plants safe for dogs. Another plant that does best with bright indirect light, areca palms can easily get up to 6 or 7 ft tall but aren’t fast growing. They will naturally require repotting as they grow in size, like most plants, but aren’t particularly fussy and can even tolerate some trimming. The biggest thing is to make sure you don’t overwater. Stay away from that, and they’re easy to take care of!
We like the tropical feel and leaf structure of these plants. No need to worry about your pup with these palms, they’re listed as non-toxic by the ASPCA.
Bromeliads are a showy option for an indoor plant safe for dogs and are worth the effort. Easy to care for indoors, bromeliads come in a wide variety of leaf and bloom colors. Although they only bloom once in their lifetime, their leaves can be stunning by themselves. They produce pups that you can easily harvest to acquire additional plants or just replace your own. This is another plant that likes bright indirect light, which is common for most indoor plants.
We like bromeliads for how easy they are to find as well as for the ability to acquire more plants for free! These fall under the category of indoor plants safe for dogs, according to the ASPCA’s non-toxic plant list.
Calathea is a stunning option for an indoor plant, but it can be temperamental. While not ideal for a beginner, Calathea, also known as a zebra plant, has a wide variety of leaf styles and colors. They can rotate their leaves to capture the sunlight more efficiently, which is an interesting behavior to observe.
Calathea is a pet-friendly plant and is a perfect indoor plant if you have dogs.
When we first started collecting indoor plants, we found it difficult to keep anything other than snake plants alive. If that’s where you’re at in your journey, this plant is perfect for you. Cast iron plants are able to handle neglect well, are flexible with their sunlight requirements, and are fairly resistant to pests. Although not the flashiest plant, it has large green leaves and is hard to kill. As you could guess, bright indirect sunlight is perfect for these plants, as well.
A great option for a beginner, cast iron plants make our list for being resilient, but we like their broad leaves, too.
Christmas cacti are a great addition to our list of indoor plants safe for dogs. We like them for their bloom time, which tends to be winter, as well as their general hardiness. The Christmas cactus blooms in variations of pink, purple, white, or red, and is generally a resilient plant. Christmas cacti are great if you have room to hang them, but can be grown in a pot, as well. They are also easy to propagate, which makes them perfect for gifting around the holidays if you have family or friends that appreciate indoor plants!
Christmas cacti are on the ASPCA’s non-toxic list and are a perfect beginner option for an indoor plant that is safe for dogs.
Echeveria is a faster-growing rosette succulent with a striking appearance. As with most plants that are native to a desert, these plants do best with well-draining soil, full sunlight, and can handle being ignored (our favorite!). They can get up to 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide with warmer color blooms such as red, orange, yellow, and white. A lot of different varieties exist that allow for various leaf colors and styles, so you can easily find one to fit whatever you want!
No worries about Echeveria! It’s another non-toxic plant for your home, making it a beautiful option when considering indoor plants safe for dogs.
Gloxinia is one of the more unique additions to this list, as it can be an annual or perennial based on the specific plant. Essentially, the more blooms it has, the less likely it is to be a perennial as they will devote less attention to developing their root system. If that doesn’t deter you, the blooms of this plant can be a variety of colors including pinks, purples, white, gold, and more. This plant does best in bright indirect light and is more suitable for an intermediate skill level.
Gloxinia is a great option if you want more dog-safe indoor plants in your life.
Haworthia is a small, slow-growing succulent that looks similar to an aloe plant. Haworthia, also called zebra cactus, requires what you’d expect from a desert plant. It favors warm and dry conditions and prefers bright indirect light similar to most indoor plants. While most tend to be only a few inches wide and tall, there are types that have different colored or shaped leaves and varieties that get up to 2 feet tall!
Haworthia is a perfect addition to your home if you’re looking for more indoor plants safe for dogs! Due to their compact size, they are excellent plants for shelves.
Orchids may not come to mind when you think of indoor plants safe for dogs, but they are! According to the ASPCA’s Toxic and Non-Toxic Plant List – Dogs, you can have this iconic plant inside, even if your pup isn’t great with plants. Typically available anywhere that sells plants, orchids can have a staggering amount of color variations! Orchids come from a warm humid environment, so may require some misting depending on what your humidity is like. These plants prefer bright indirect light with some types even using their roots to photosynthesize!
We love the large variation in morphs available for orchids and their availability.
With ornamental leaves, peperomia is a great option for people who aren’t the best at taking care of plants. Leaf structure and texture can vary highly, but their leaves are generally red, green, grey, or purple variations. Peperomia typically stays between 6 and 12 inches tall and wide, making them compact enough to display in smaller areas. They prefer bright indirect light and stay on the drier side, but these plants can tolerate a high degree of neglect. Peperomia generally doesn’t flower inside, so try to get one that has leaves that you enjoy!
Peperomia is also on the non-toxic plant list, and makes the cut for indoor plants safe for dogs!
12. Polka dot plant
Polka dot plants are another plant with some unique foliage. As you can probably guess, the leaves look like they have polka dots! Pink and green are the most common colors, but there are other color varieties as well. Their max size is 1-2 feet wide and tall, and they are perfectly suited for indoor containers! Their blooms tend to be centered around shades of pink with some variation. They are resilient plants so it’s a perfect place to start if you’re not great at keeping indoor plants.
We like the unique foliage of polka dot plants. These plants are excellent additions to your home if you’re looking for more indoor plants safe for dogs!
13. Spider plants
Spider plants are in our favorite categories of plants, those that are resilient and can tolerate neglect. Easy to propagate, spider plants have long skinny leaves and can develop small white flowers. They grow 1-2 feet wide and tall and grow relatively quickly. Perfect for hanging baskets or elevated areas, they thrive in reasonably shady areas. While they may not be the most flashy, spider plants are perfect for beginner gardeners looking to add to their collection of indoor plants safe for dogs.
In addition to the ease of care, we like the ease of propagation, as well! These plants are perfect if you have pups, as they are listed on the non-toxic portion of the ASPCA’s list.
14. Venus fly trap
One of the most iconic plants, the Venus fly trap is another great addition to your collection of indoor plants safe for dogs! Preferring direct sunlight, these plants can handle wide temperature swings as long as they aren’t exposed to the elements. Venus fly traps have different moisture requirements than most other plants, so be sure to keep them in a well-draining but moist environment, using something like sand and moss combinations. A lot of gardeners keep theirs in some standing water, and distilled water tends to be more to its liking. They have a dormant period, so don’t expect much in the winter.
We like unique plants and Venus fly traps definitely fall on that list!
To recap, there are a wide variety of indoor plants safe for dogs available for you to choose from. Whether you want stunning blooms or just plants that tolerate neglect, something exists for every care level and situation. Personally, we aim for resilient plants that require very little maintenance with attractive leaves.
If you have specific questions about indoor plants safe for dogs, such as the toxicity of a plant, contact your veterinarian, reference the ASPCA’s toxic plant list, or another professional on the subject.
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