Maybe Your Pet Has A Secret Green Paw
By Catalina Barrios
Is decorating your home part of your New Year’s resolutions?
There’s nothing like going to a garden center and not knowing which plants to buy. There are so many that it takes me forever to find the right one for my home, especially one that is child and pet-friendly. I try to do my research beforehand, but otherwise I always ask the garden center employees for their advice. We checked the ASPCA guide to toxic and non-toxic plants, because there are a lot of misconceptions about what is actually pet safe, and many plants can make your pet sick if ingested in high enough quantities.
It is very important not to buy a plant or herb only because of its looks. It may have beautiful colors but the last thing you want is your dog or cat getting sick because you weren’t aware of a plant’s toxicity.
The following is a list of 10 plants and herbs your pet will fall in love with and most important of all, they will be safe. Always ask your vet, doctor or a garden center employee for the right plant for your home.
#8 was a surprise for me!
1. African Violet
A gorgeous, purple flower to brighten your home!
This is a very popular indoor plant. It is easy to care for and inexpensive. The best part is that it’s pet-friendly. I think I need to purchase one very soon as it will look beautiful in my home!
2. Spider Plants
I love the name. These plants are great for air cleaning. They need fair amounts of water and do well in most light conditions and temperatures.