The Ostrich Fern is not toxic to dogs and cats so you can keep them in your home or garden without much concern. They also aren’t toxic to humans so you don’t need to worry about them having around your children who will likely pick things up and put them in their mouths.
But be very careful, because even though the Ostrich Fern isn’t poisonous to dogs there are many other ferns that are. Don’t just assume that because one fern is safe they all are. Some ferns can be incredibly dangerous to your pets and can cause nasty complications if ingested.
Some of the ferns that are dangerous to your pets are:
- Asparagus fern
- Lace fern
- Sprengeri fern
- Plumosa fern
- Racemose asparagus
- Emerald feather
If you pet ingests any of these it can be very serious for them and you should take them to see a vet immediately. To avoid them ingesting these ferns rethink about owning them if you have a pet and if it’s vital you have one then think very carefully about the placement of your fern to avoid any nasty accidents.
Another useful question to help you with your fern placement is how much sun can ostrich ferns take? As this can significantly impact where you choose to place your fern.
It is also possible that your pet may ingest these ferns on a walk so be sure to know what your dog is eating or sniffing to make sure they don’t eat anything that could be dangerous for them.
So to summarise are ostrich ferns poisonous to dogs? No they are not, and in fact they can be edible for humans however there are lots of other different types of ferns that can be very dangerous for dogs so make sure that you are able to keep these ferns away from your pooch.