Hippeastrum is toxic to dogs, the toxic principles are phenanthridine alkaloids including lycorine and tazzetine which have emetic properties. Exposure to small amounts can cause nausea, vomiting, hypersalivation, and diarrhea while large ingestions may cause tremors, depression and cardiac arrhythmias.
Peace lily (Spathiphyllum) is toxic to dogs. The toxic principles are insoluble calcium oxalate crystals that penetrate the oral mucosa causing intense burning and pain and an irritant sap.
Purple oxalis (Oxalis triangularis) is toxic, the toxic principle is oxalic acid that binds to circulating calcium, leading to hypocalcemia and deposition of calcium oxalate in the renal tubes which can cause acute renal failure. Poisoning in humans and household pets is unlikely as a large volume must be consumed to cause toxicity.
Also referred to as an indoor or pot plant, a houseplant is any plant grown inside a house or office. These plants are usually evergreen (don’t lose their leaves in winter) and have attractive or decorative foliage. Some species of flowering plants such as African violet or cyclamen can also be grown as houseplants, but are typically stored in greenhouses, planted outside or discarded when they have finished flowering.
Fungus gnats are small flies of lower Diptera (fly) made up of several genera belonging to the Sciaroidea family. These small flies are one of the most common indoor pests and are attracted to moisture and organic matter in household plants. The complete fungus gnat lifecycle takes four weeks and occurs in four stages; eggs … Read more
Houseplants have seen a surge in popularity over the past few years, but not all plants are safe to have around dogs. This article looks at which houseplants are toxic and non-toxic to dogs.
Two of the basic fundamentals of growing indoor plants are meeting their light and water requirements. If these needs aren’t correct, the plant will fail to thrive. Some plants are forgiving, even in the wrong conditions, and will continue to grow happily, but many have very specific needs.
Dieffenbachia is toxic to dogs. The toxic principles are proteolytic enzyme and insoluble calcium oxalate crystals known as raphides. Raphides are held in specialised cells called idioblasts, and when a dog chews Dieffenbachia, they penetrate the oral mucosa, triggering the release of histamine by the white blood cells. Damage to the oral mucosa allows proteolytic enzymes to penetrate the tissue, which increases pain and inflammation.
Mini monstera was first identified in 1893 by British botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker. This is an easy-to-care-for and interesting houseplant that has gained popularity over the past few years.