Are my houseplants safe for my Bull Terrier?



Bull Terriers and plants. You love your Bull Terrier, and you love your houseplants. If your Bull Terrier is a curious pet or likes to take the occasional nibble on houseplants, you need to choose greenery that is less likely to cause harm to your dog.

When it comes to your Bull Terrier's health and safety, it's important to know the perimeters of houseplant toxicity. This article helps you figure out how to choose houseplants that look great and don’t pose a threat to your Bull Terrier.

Are my houseplants safe for my Bull Terrier?

Houseplants that are safe for Bull Terriers

Dogs are naturally inquisitive and use their mouth to sense and feel. The good news is, that there are heaps of plants that are safe for your Bull Terrier. Here are the best pet-friendly houseplants for homes with Bull Terriers:

  • Spider Plants: With strappy, arching leaves, this is a great pet-safe houseplant for hanging baskets. They are non-toxic to Bull Terriers and are quite hardy. Spider plants don’t need a ton of attention and can thrive in almost any home. They will tolerate a wide range of light, moisture, and soil conditions. Keep the soil evenly moist, not sopping. 
  • Chinese Money Plants: With their unique appearance, Chinese money plants are a great addition to any home with Bull Terrier. The self-propagator is easy to care for and adorable to look at.
  • Boston Ferns: Boston ferns are non-toxic to Bull Terriers. These houseplants prefer humidity and lots of bright, indirect light. Boston ferns thrive in humid areas of your home. So, brighten up your guest room or bathroom with these lush plants.
  • Bromeliads: Any houseplant in the Bromeliad family, including air plants are great selections for homes with Bull Terriers. While they won’t pose any threat to your Bull Terrier, they may not handle being played with or chewed on. Bromeliads like a lot of air circulation, so be wary of stagnant air.
  • African Violets: They are one of the most popular flowering houseplants that require moderate temperatures and average humidity. They will even bloom well in lower light. Their pinkish-purple blooms bring color to any home and are safe to have around Bull Terriers.
  • Peacock Plant: This houseplant has gorgeous, colorful leaves that make it amazing in any house. This is a great pet-friendly plant and likes medium to bright light; keep the soil lightly moist.
  • Echeveria: Echeveria is one of succulents that you actually can keep around your Bull Terriers. It likes bright light, and should be watered every 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Moth Orchid: Phalaenopsis orchids are another great non-toxic option if you have Bull Terrier at home. They have the added bonus of blooming during winter when most other houseplants languish.
  • Prayer plants: They are ideal for the people who like a little color and unique patterns in their greenery. These pleasing houseplants are safe for Bull Terriers and fun to watch at night when their leaves move upward.
  • Cast Iron Plant: This glossy houseplant with a deep emerald shade is native to Japan. Cast iron plant has a reputation for being nearly indestructible. Luckily, the cast iron plant and Bull Terriers can safely co-exist. These green plants are very hardy houseplants and also non-toxic to Bull Terriers.

Be sure to check out this handy list of toxic and non-toxic houseplants from the ASPCA.

Houseplants that are poisonous to Bull Terriers

Turns out there are a lot of indoor plants that might look nice in a pot but are dangerous for your Bull Terrier. It is very important to be aware of the houseplants that are harmful to them. The following list contains 5 common plants and flowers toxic to your Bull Terrier:

  • Tulips: Tulips contain glycosides which can be extremely toxic to Bull Terriers. They can irritate dogs' mouths and GI tract. Bull Terrier parents should skip these spring-blooming flowers in their home, both indoors and outdoors. The highest amount of toxins are found in the bulb of the plant. Poisoning symptoms from ingestion of tulip occur within just a few hours. 
  • Sago Palm: Sago palm has an elegant appearance but is extremely poisonous if ingested by Bull Terriers. It contains cycasin, which is the primary toxic agent in the plant. All parts of sago palm are considered poisonous, with the seeds being the most toxic part of the plant. If ingested by your Bull Terrier, Sago palm can cause drooling, vomiting, bloody stools, fluid retention in the abdominal area, internal haemorrhaging, jaundice, liver failure, and death. 
  • Elephant's Ear or Alocasia: This houseplant with large, bold leaves may look appealing, but it can be toxic to your dog. If elephant ear is ingested by your Bull Terrier, it will cause increased drooling, difficulty swallowing, oral irritation, and vomiting. In extreme cases, it may cause breathing problems, convulsions, organ damage, and death.
  • Alexander: Oleander is a beautiful landscaping plant that is toxic to dogs. It has flowers in shades of yellow, white, pink, and red. It contains a toxic called cardiac glycoside. Every inch of the plant is toxic and only small volumes need to be ingested by your dog to cause illness.

What to do if your Bull Terrier has been poisoned?

If your Bull Terrier has ingested something poisonous, they’re likely to be lethargic, stop eating, be sick and have diarrhea. They might even have a seizure.

It's best to place all houseplants, whether they are considered toxic or not, out of reach of your Bull Terrier. Even if a houseplant is pet-friendly, insecticides used to keep it pest-free may still be toxic for Bull Terriers.

Final thoughts

The best way to keep your Bull Terrier safe and healthy is by having pet-safe houseplants for your home and yard. It is important to understand that as a Bull Terrier parent, you are responsible for the safety and well-being of your furry companion. Do your research before bringing any new plants into your home. Understand potential risks to your Bull Terrier and prevent toxic exposures.

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