Peace lilies are popular plants that are used as houseplants or grown outside in warmer environments. They are very pretty; however, are peace lilies toxic to dogs?
Has your dog eaten some peace lilies? Are you worried the peace lilies will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something like this.
We’ve put together some information about peace lilies and whether they can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What are Peace Lilies?
Peace lilies (also called the Spathiphyllum) are flowering plants in the Araceae family. The plants have large, oval, flat leaves with white flowers that hover above the plant’s foliage. They’re popular as houseplants and are sometimes used to keep indoor air cleaner. However, the plants can also be grown outside in tropical and subtropical environments.
And dogs being dogs, they will try to eat some curious things sometimes, including peace lilies! But can peace lilies make a dog sick?
Peace Lilies & Dogs
Unfortunately, the peace lily plant is somewhat toxic to dogs. All parts of the plant contain a substance called calcium oxalate crystals, which can make a dog sick. Thankfully, the toxin is considered mild and usually doesn’t cause death; however, it can make a dog feel pretty sick.
Symptoms of Peace Lily Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten some peace lily:
- Excessive drooling
- Pawing at their mouth
- Decreased appetite
- Swelling of the tongue and other tissues in the mouth
- Dog’s mouth seems to be burning and irritated
- Red, irritated skin around the mouth (or even on his paws)
If your dog has eaten any part of the peace lily, it’s best to call the vet. While the toxin usually isn’t deadly, your fur baby will feel pretty sick. The vet has medications that can ease your dog’s symptoms and help him feel better sooner.
Treatment of Peace Lily Ingestion in Dogs
When you get to the vet’s, they will examine your dog and may do blood work or other tests. The vet will wash your dog’s mouth and other body parts that have come in contact with the peace lily toxins. And if your fur baby is vomiting and having diarrhea, the vet has medications that can end these symptoms. The vet will also treat any other symptoms your dog is having.
The good news is that peace lilies rarely cause death; however, it’s still a good idea to take your dog to the vet if he’s eaten any of the plant. That way, your fur baby can feel better sooner, and you can rest assured he will be OK!