A black cat sits precariously upon a potentially dangerous decoration against a green wall.

By now, most of us are aware of the many risks to our pets associated with traditional home decor, but did you know that many of the latest decorating trends can also put pets at risk? 

From macrame to decorative grasses and succulents, home decor is trending in some dangerous directions, at least where our pets are concerned. Our team at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital is here to provide some guidance.

Dangerous Decorating Trends

Much has changed in the past year, and home decor is no exception. Bold colors, combining old and new items, and floral wallpaper are just some of the newest trends to arrive this year. 

When it comes to our furry friends, pet owners need to be on the lookout for dangerous decorating trends, such as:

Succulents – It’s not surprising that succulents are popular home decor – they’re easy to care for and add a pleasant look to any space. For plant-loving pets, however, nibbling on certain succulents can pose a problem. Aloe vera, Kalanchoe, Euphorbia (Firestick Cactus), and Jade plants are among the most common succulents toxic to pets. For a complete list of toxic plants, check out the ASPCA’s list.

Macrame – Once associated with 1970s-era plant hangers, macrame has made a huge resurgence in home decor. This striking art form has made a resurgence in recent years (who would’ve thought?) and pet owners should be taking notice. Certain pets (meow) are fascinated by strings of any type, which can wreak havoc on the digestive system if ingested. Intestinal obstruction from eating string is common and requires emergency surgery to correct.

Unhung artwork – Leaning that large, framed painting up against the wall looks great, but anything not secured can topple and potentially injure your pet if they brush against or knock into it.

“Natural” decor – The trend towards nature-inspired decorations is beautiful, but certain items can pose a risk to pets. Pine cones can be toxic if chewed, and materials like raw wood can splinter and pose a risk of choking or intestinal obstruction if ingested.

Ornamental grasses – These tall, beautiful grasses are easy ways to add interest and texture to the outside of the home, but some pose a risk to pets. Certain varieties, such as Pampas grass and Palm grass, can cause extreme gastrointestinal symptoms and even death if ingested by pets, and any ornamental grass poses a risk of intestinal obstruction if enough is eaten. Do your research before planting ornamental grasses, and work to eradicate toxic varieties from your property.

Do you have any further questions about dangerous decorating trends? Please don’t hesitate to contact the team at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital. We are here for you!