5 ornamental plants that can make your pet sick

We love the touch of life that plants add to our homes, do not we? However, if you have or want to have some pet, especially dogs and cats, it is worth thinking twice about which plant will use in the decoration of your home. Toxic plants are often naturally repulsive to animals. They have an extremely bitter taste, for example, and so, sometimes, pets tend to ignore their existence. I myself have had a chow-chow that has never even passed the vase with me-no-one can of my grandmother. However, this behavior is not a rule, neither for plant nor pro pet! And that's why every parent of a pet should know the least about the plants that are harmful to their animals so they can make the choice to simply never have them around or if they choose to have, at least they can guarantee that your little animal do not eat them.



This plant is often very beneficial to us humans. It is recognized for its antibacterial, healing properties, ability to rehydrate the hair tissue and close the cuticles of the hair or dermal damaged by a burn, among others. But it can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhea, anorexia and involuntary tremors in both cats and dogs if they are to ingest.


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Peace lily

Lily and Lily of the Peace

Much found in Brazilian homes as ornamental plants, all parts of the plant are toxic. Ingestion may cause oral and mucosal irritation, eye irritation, difficulty swallowing and even respiratory problems, in more extreme cases. Still may appear as symptoms of intoxication by Lily and Lily-of-Peace changes in renal and neurological functions. It is particularly more dangerous for cats, however, the dogs may also suffer from some of these ill-effects cited.


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They are very easy to grow and can thrive even in low light conditions, which makes them very popular. However, they are toxic to dogs and cats. Saponin is the offensive chemical compound of this plant and, when ingested, can cause vomiting, loss of appetite, depression and / or increased salivation. Cats that have already consumed the plant may also exhibit dilated pupils.


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Because it is a showy and easy to maintain plant, the jiboia is very popular (I, particularly, love of passion). Also known as devil-era, the jiboia contains rattles, needle-shaped crystals that can lead to burning and irritation of the lips, tongue and mouth, excessive drool, difficulty swallowing and vomiting.


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Nobody can with me

Nobody can with me

Due to the beauty of its foliage, low maintenance and popular belief that the plant brings home protection, with me-no-one can easily be found in Brazilian homes and is champion as a cause of intoxication in animals and children. It has several mechanisms of toxicity and the substances found there, such as calcium oxalate, irritate the mucous membranes of animals and humans. Intoxication can occur by ingesting any part of the plant or simply by skin contact. Symptoms range from edema and irritation of the mucosa to suffocation and death, always causing severe pain. To have one parameter, only half sheet is enough to kill a human.

with me, nobody can decorate

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It is also worth remembering that plants that usually release some sap like crown-of-christ, violet and glass of milk should be avoided by those who have pets. We still remember here that we focus on dogs in cats because they are the ones that normally live loose by the house.