10 common houseplants that could harm your pets


Ivy, also known as silk pothos, can cause mouth irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, and liver failure if ingested by dogs or cats. Every part of the plant is toxic to pets.

Dumb Cane

Commonly found in Indian households, dumb cane can lead to mouth swelling, difficulty swallowing, breathing issues, and even death in pets.

Elephant Ear

Chemicals in elephant ear plants, similar to dumb cane, can cause severe reactions in dogs and cats, including mouth swelling and difficulty breathing.


Known as crassula in India, jade plants can induce vomiting, slow heart rate, depression, and uncoordinated movements in pets.


Various types of lilies, including Mauna Loa and Easter Lilies, are toxic to cats, causing kidney problems and appetite loss. Peace Lily ingestion can lead to vomiting and mouth irritation in dogs.

Aloe Vera

While the gel inside aloe vera is not toxic to pets, other parts of the plant can cause serious health issues if ingested.


The tomato plant contains toxins like solanine and tomatine, unsafe for dogs. Green tomatoes should also be avoided.

Asparagus Fern

Also known as Emerald Fern, consuming the berries of the asparagus fern can lead to skin inflammation, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea in pets.


All varieties of chrysanthemum plants contain sesquiterpene lactones, causing vomiting, diarrhea, and eye, nose, and digestive tract irritation in pets.

Sansevieria (Snake Plant)

The snake plant, containing saponin, can induce vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, and nausea in dogs and cats.