Are Spider Plants Toxic To Dogs?

Mention getting a new indoor plant and the first image that comes to most minds is the spider plant or Boston fern.

The spider plant, aka Chlorophytum comosum (kloh-roh-FY-tum kom-OH-sum) is a popular plant. An interesting fact, it once held the record for the best removal of formaldehyde and other air pollutants in NASA’s ongoing studies.

Spider Plant - Chlorophytum comosum aka airplane plant, St Bernard lily, spider ivy or ribbon plantPin
Chlorophytum comosum aka spider plant, airplane plant, St Bernard lily, spider ivy, or ribbon plant

It is also known as the airplane plant and can grow outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 9 to 11, it is often placed indoors.

Unfortunately, their green and white leaves are not only attractive to humans but can also catch the attention and appetite of your pets.

Is the popular houseplant safe or toxic, and what should you do if your puppy has a bite?

Is The Spider Plant Poisonous Or Toxic To Dogs?

According to the ASPCA, spider plants are non-toxic to dogs, cats, and humans.

Yet, munching on your spider plant can still cause vomiting or other side effects in your dog.

Spider Plants And Dogs

While your spider plant is a safe plant and isn’t toxic, it can still cause your canine companion some problems if ingested.

Understanding the consequences to both pets and plants will help prevent unpleasant experiences.

How Spider Plants Affect Dogs

Much like cats, dogs are carnivores and only consume plant matter when they’re ill or need to vomit.

Their digestive tract isn’t capable of processing plants. Your dog may become nauseous and possibly vomit or have diarrhea.

While this doesn’t harm the dog, it can be unnerving and leave a mess.

But if your dog digests the entire spider plant, a trip to the vet may be in order.

How Dogs Affect Spider Plants

While the spider plant isn’t toxic to dogs, dogs can be quite toxic to spider plants.

Dog urine contains a high concentration of nitrogen. This can burn or even kill your spider plant.

Additionally, a puppy who chooses to dig may uproot the plant or damage it.

Finally, chewing on the leaves will leave open wounds, attracting several common plant pests. It can also increase the risk of a fungal or bacterial infection.

Protecting Your Dog (And Spider Plant)

It’s okay to leave a spider plant within reach of a cat or dog, but placing it higher up will prevent it from becoming an easy urinal or digging ground.

This won’t prevent gnawing but will reduce the risk, and your dog is more likely to ignore the plant altogether.

You may also choose to use a nasty-tasting spray, such as Stop the Chew, to make your puppy think twice about taking another bite.

Of course, spider plants are best in hanging pots. This is also the best way to ensure your dog never comes in contact with the plant.

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