24 Plants That Are Safe for Dogs and Cats

Updated in July, 2024 | By John Robert
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Here is a list of 24 plants that are safe for dogs and cats:

  1. Tulip

2. Camellia

3. Carnation

4. Eucalyptus tree leaves and bark

5. Parsley leaves and root, also called “Petroselinum” or “Italian Parsley”

6. Lemon Thyme– Thymus citriodorus 

7.Lavender– Lavandula officinalis 

8.Rosemary- Rosmarinus officinalis 

9.Catnip- Nepeta cataria 

10. Valerian root- Valeriana officinalis 

11.Dill weed- Anethum graveolens 

12.Chamomile- Matricaria recutita 

13. Fuchsias 

14. Blackberry leaves- Rubus spp.

15. Walnut, butternut and English walnuts – Juglans nigra or Juglans cinerea 

16. Passionflower – Passiflora spp.

17. Mistletoe leaves and berries– Phoradendron serotinum 

18. Lemongrass– Cymbopogon citratus 

19. Sweet flag- Acorus calamus 

20. Coffee beans

21. Rose hips- Rosa spp.

22. Beech leaves 

23. Apple seeds, but not the core which contains cyanogenic glycosides and is toxic to dogs

24. Apricot and peach pits (Prunus persica) contain cyanide-like compounds, however, cooking releases these toxins

Plants Safe for Dogs

You can give your dog fruits and vegetables, but some are unsafe. These include grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, spinach and tomatoes. You also should avoid fruit seeds, avocado pits, potatoes with the skin on, unpeeled carrots and unpeeled apples.

It is important to consider your dog’s size when introducing new foods to his diet because it takes time for your pet’s stomach to adjust to changes in their food intake. Always introduce one new food at a time for no more than five days before adding another food. Cook any meat or poultry before eating it with your pet because raw meat can harbor dangerous bacteria that may cause infection in your pet.

Indoor plants safe for dogs

Indoor plants that are safe for dogs include:

  • Spider plants (chlorophytum comosum)
  • Moth orchid (phalaenopsis)
  • Peace lilies (spathiphyllum spp.)
  • Dracaena (dracaena marginata, dracaena deremensis, dracaena sanderiana)
  • Aspidistra eliator, “Cast Iron Plant” (aspidistra elatior)
  • Hoya plant (hoya spp.)

Non toxic plants for dogs

The following plants are not toxic to your dog:

  • mistletoe (not for cats)
  • sweet pea (but not in large quantities)
  • amaryllis (not in large quantities)
  • lichen (may cause stomach upset)
  • spruce tree needles and twigs (not in large amounts and should be washed well and cooked thoroughly to remove toxins)
  • cow parsnip
  • wild carrot (may cause stomach upset)
  • spiderwort
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John Robert

John Robert is a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). Owner of the most gorgeous dog on the planet, developed an interest in dog nutrition after finding the best food for his pet's allergies. The most impactful motive of his life is educating dog owners about dog nutrition and improving the lives of pets.
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