Can Dogs Get Sick from Eating Succulents?

Can Dogs Get Sick from Eating Succulents
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Can dogs get sick from eating succulents? In this post, I will share with you some of the succulents that are safe and toxic to dogs. Read more.

If you have succulent plants and dogs at home, you might wonder whether or not these plants and animals can go along.

You might also hear that there are some succulents that are toxic or harmful to dogs and other furry friends.

So, can dogs get sick from eating succulents? The answer is it depends on the type of succulents your dog is eating. This is because not all succulents are toxic to dogs. Some succulents are in fact safe for dogs.

In this article, I cover both toxic and safe succulents for dogs. You can use this post as a reference to identifying your succulents.

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Harmful Succulents for Dogs

Here are some of the succulents that could be harmful to your pet/s, may that be a dog or a cat:

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera succulent is one of the most famous among others. Not only they are perfect as décor at home, but they also have numerous medicinal and beautification benefits. They are usually used to treat burns and help with dry skin and hair.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t benefit our pets as it does for us because of the chemical saponin that could cause health problems in dogs. This substance could cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and more.

2. Euphorbia Tiruacalli

This succulent originates from Madagascar and Africa, and they are well- known for having an intensifying shade of green and red during the winter season. The toxin in this succulent is its sap that causes irritation to your dog’s mouth and stomach that will eventually lead to vomiting.

3. Kalanchoes

This succulent is famous for having a beautiful color that stands out and is also perfect for indoors. But it is far more dangerous than the others both mentioned and not mentioned because of its bufadienolides cardiac glycosides that contain a dangerous amount of toxin that will cause a much more severe and dangerous symptom like the irregular beating of the heart and extreme weakness.

4. Crassula Ovata

Crassula ovata is also known as a type of jade plant. It is another succulent that also originated from South Africa and Mozambique and is dubbed as a money tree or lucky plant.

Thus many people own at least one of this succulent. This succulent doesn’t have any particular substance or part in it that can be identified as toxic to animals, but it is known to cause our fur friends lethargy, vomiting, and even depression.

The types of toxic succulents mentioned are just a few. There are many toxic succulents out there that are not included in this post. As an owner of both succulents and dogs, it is our job to make sure that our pet is safe from our beloved plants.

If there are toxic succulents, there are safe too. As mentioned, there are a variety of succulents that are safe for dogs and other pets. Below are some of them.

Safe Succulents for Dogs

The list I made below is shorter than it could be. There are a few other succulents that are safe for your dogs. These are some of the succulent examples that are safe for your furry friend:

1. Haworthia

Haworthia is also known as a zebra cactus and can be used as an alternative for aloe vera because of its features, except its benefits.

2. Hens and Chicks

Hens and Chicks are also known as houseleek and are famous for surviving alone anywhere and its eye-pleasing design.

3. Burro’s Tail

This succulent is perfect as a hanging plant and produces flowers during the summer, but also on very rare occasions.

These are some of the safest succulents you can grow indoors. They are safe for dogs and could potentially boost the aesthetic features of your indoor environment.

What Should You Do If Your Pet Ingested a Toxic Succulent?

Having a pet and a collection of succulents may be good for one’s physical and mental health. But it also requires great responsibility because you will be looking out for both your succulents and your fur friends.

If in any case, your dog ingested a toxic succulent, do not panic and keep your composure. You have to take a couple of precautionary measures before doing anything. Identify the type of succulent that your pet had ingested and taken note if it’s toxic or non-toxic.

If it’s non-toxic, then you don’t have to worry too much but keep your dog hydrated and keep track of his behavior. Don’t take him out of your sight for a while. If in any case that it is toxic for them, keep them in a safe space and call a vet immediately.

Take note of the succulent that they had ingested and the symptoms that your pet has been showing. If it gets any worse, bring them to the nearest veterinary clinic. But make sure that they specialize with intoxicating and animal poisoning cases.

Related Article: Are Succulents Poisonous to Rabbits?

How Can You Prevent This from Happening?

As both a pet and a succulent owner, one should be aware of the risks that may occur. Our furry friends can be really curious sometimes that usually causes problems or incidents, and they are completely out of our control.

To prevent this from happening, or from happening again, one should take extreme precautionary measures to keep everyone safe from harm.

To begin with, your succulents should be in a safe place. It should be in a place where your furry friends or even little babies won’t be able to reach them. But at the same time, you have to consider their environment and if it suits them well.

The succulents should be in a place where they could get enough sunlight and where you can visit them with ease. Always check your succulents and give them the things they need; whether it is a fertilizer, a new pot, or a dose of water.

You should also identify which one is harmful to your pets to be around. If you can start with only the ones that are safe for everyone. But if you really want an exotic but harmful one, consider a safe spot for them, away from your pets and little children.

The internet is only one click away, so before anything else, you can do your research and pick the ones you really want to possess and learn about how you can maintain and take care of them.  And if you ever plan on having more than one of them, keep track of all of their names and identify if they are harmful or not.

You should also be sure of what kind of succulent your pet ingested to help the professionals in identifying what is wrong and give your pet the proper medication and care that they need.

As for your furry friend, make sure they are also in a safe place and assign a designated area that they are allowed to be in. Put on boundaries between them and your succulents (poisonous or not) because ingesting plants could cause your pets to have gastrointestinal problems.

It’s better to be prepared than not, and be aware of the risks and consequences of owning a succulent with a furry friend around.

Final Thoughts on Can Dogs Get Sick from Eating Succulents

Succulents may or may not harmful to dogs. This is because not all succulents are toxic. In fact, some of them are edible.

But there are types of succulents that could cause health problems to dogs when they are ingested. Examples of both safe and toxic succulents are listed above.

If you have both dogs and succulents at home, you can check the shortlists. The key to the safety of your furry friends stems from knowing your plants correctly.

Determine what type of succulents you are growing indoor or outdoor. This will help you make an effective and safe decision for your pets.

I hope this helps. Thank you for reading.


I am a university teacher by profession, researcher, blogger, and gardener.

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