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Dog Pet Health: Nontoxic Plants You Don't Have to Worry About Fido Eating

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Left, Phalaenopsis orchids, safe for your dogs and Lilies notoriously dangerous for dogs. (wikimedia/commons)

By    |   Monday, 19 Jan 2015 03:05 PM

Since dogs occasionally like to chomp on plants in the yard or in household containers, it’s helpful to be familiar with nontoxic plants that won’t harm your pet’s health.

While there are thousands of plants that don’t hurt dogs or other pets, here are nine popular plants you can safely include in your garden:

1. Phalaenopsis orchids, the beautiful and elegant orchids often sold in supermarket floral departments, are safe for your dogs, according to the ASPCA.

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2. Lilies are notoriously dangerous for dogs to ingest, but the orange day lily is safe, the ASPCA said. But it should be noted that this lily is toxic for cats.

3. Peppermint is not only safe for dogs to eat, but they may instinctively seek out the plant when they have indigestion or nausea, according to a PetMD article that recommends planting an herb garden just for your pet.

4. Rosemary is also recommended by PetMD as being not only safe but helpful for dogs to eat. It's known for boosting your pet’s immune system.

5. Popular flowers safe for dogs are bachelors’ buttons, also known as cornflowers, according to dogsinthegarden.com. These are easy-to-grow, old-fashioned garden plants, traditionally blue, but available in a variety of colors.

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6. The brightly colored Gerber daisies won’t hurt your dog, and they add a bright patch of happy color to your garden, dogsinthegarden.com said.

7. A popular house plant, the Boston fern, is safe for dogs, according to Mother Nature Network. But the berries on the asparagus fern are toxic, so take care when choosing your variety.

8. Chewing on sweet-smelling gardenias, planted outside in warmer climates or indoors where winters are hard, won’t harm your dog, MNN said.

9. Grass is generally safe for your pets, and most people who have dogs see them occasionally munching on it. Bonnie Plants recommends growing a bed of grass for your dogs outside or keeping a container of grass indoors.

If you grow two containers, you can put one outdoors to get some sun and regain its vigor, while one stays inside for your dogs and cats.

If you’re unsure as you plan your garden whether a plant is safe, consult the ASPCA’s comprehensive list of plants and effects on animals.

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