The Pet Parent’s Guide to Toxin-Free Plants 

As pet owners, we all want to keep our furry friends safe and healthy. But did you know that some common houseplants can be toxic to cats and dogs? That’s why it’s important to choose plants that are safe for pets, especially if you have curious animals who like to chew on things. 

But don’t worry – just because you need pet-friendly plants doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style or beauty in your home! There is a wide selection of gorgeous plants that are perfect for adding some greenery to your space without putting your pets at risk. 


Here are just a few reasons why it’s so important to choose pet-safe plants for your home: 

  1. Prevent accidental poisoning: Dogs and cats love to explore their environment with their mouths, which means they may be tempted to nibble on your houseplants. Unfortunately, many common indoor plants can cause serious health problems if ingested, such as vomiting, diarrhea, and even organ damage. By choosing pet-safe plants for your home, you can reduce the risk of accidental poisoning and keep your pets healthy. 
  2. Create a safe environment: Your home should be a sanctuary for both you and your pets. By choosing pet-friendly plants, you can create a safe environment where everyone can relax and enjoy their surroundings without worry. 
  3. Enjoy the benefits of indoor gardening: Houseplants offer numerous benefits beyond just looking pretty. They can help purify the air in your home, boost mood and productivity, and even improve sleep quality. By choosing pet-safe plants you can enjoy all these benefits while keeping your furry friends safe. 




Now let’s get into some fun stuff – the best part about shopping for pet-friendly plants is how many cool options there are out there! Here are just a few examples: 

  • Spider Plant:
    This easy-to-care-for plant is great for beginners and produces small white flowers in the summer. Plus – it has long leaves that look like spider legs! Spooky season never ends with this plant around. 

  • Boston Fern:
    A classic indoor plant with long fronds that add a touch of elegance to any room. And if you’re feeling fancy – this fern looks like something straight out of an enchanted forest! 

  • Hoya:
    Also known as wax plant or porcelain flower, this low-maintenance beauty produces clusters of fragrant pink or white flowers. And when I say low maintenance – I mean LOW maintenance! You could forget about watering it for weeks but still find it thriving in its own way. There are many different varieties, all of which are pet safe! 

  • Ponytail Palm:
    Despite its name, this plant is not actually a palm but rather belongs to the agave family. It has an unusual bulbous trunk and requires very little water or care – making it perfect for those who love having greenery around but don’t necessarily have time or energy for high maintenance ones. 


By choosing any pet-safe houseplant (potentially from Oglewood Avenue‘s unique selection of pet-friendly plants), you’ll be able to create a beautiful indoor garden that both you AND your pets will love!  




About the Author:
Wyatt Baggett is the Content Marketing Specialist at Young-Williams Animal Center. With over five years of experience working with shelter pets and a passion for animal welfare, he enjoys creating informative content for pet parents. When he’s not working, Wyatt enjoys hanging out with his three rescue dogs, thrifting, and hunting down the best eats around Knoxville.