Poplar Glen features a luxury community that is also pet-friendly. While we welcome dogs and cats to our apartments in Columbia, MD, there are a few safety factors to consider if you have an apartment pet. Dog or cat owners may already be taking obvious precautions like keeping human food and medications out of reach. However, did you know that many household plants can be toxic to your fur babies? Here is a short list of plants that pet owners should avoid.
#1 Elephant Ears
Elephant Ears are large, leafy plants that add a pop of rather verdant green to your home. This common household plant releases insoluble calcium oxalate crystals called raphides if ingested. Raphides can cause mild to moderate mouth irritation and pain in cats and dogs.
#2 Poinsettias and Mistletoe
These two plants are important to look out for since they are very popular holiday décor. Mistletoe, especially European varieties, can cause mild to moderate gastrointestinal discomfort if your cat or dog ingests the berries. Poinsettias contain mild toxins in their sap. Dogs and cats can experience irritation of the mouth and stomach if chewed or eaten. While the toxicity is relatively low, your pet will need medical attention if symptoms last more than a couple of days.
#3 Dumb Cane
Dumb Canes can bring a tropical vibe into your home. They are low maintenance and adds visual interest to your décor. This plant is also full of those toxic raphides. If your dog or cat ingests some of this plant, the side effects can be very serious and will require immediate medical attention.
#4 Easter Lily
Sure, these white lilies look beautiful on a plant table next to a window. However, your feline companion could be negatively affected. The flowers of this plant give off a potent toxin that can lead to kidney failure in your cat if it’s curious enough to chew on the plant.
#5 Heartleaf Philodendrons
This plant grows similarly to an ivy, and can easily spread over a relatively large surface area. If your cat or dog chews on this plant, it will get a big bite of raphides, which will irritate its mouth and GI tract. This may result in excessive drooling and vomiting, difficulty swallowing, oral irritation, or pain and swelling.
Poplar Glen is the perfect place for you and your pets to call home. Schedule a visit to our apartments in Columbia, MD today!