• By: Laura Lynn O’nan Education Coordinator

Caution with plants and flowers

Spring is right around the corner and with it comes gardening season. It is a joy to see new green sprouts and flowers bud and bloom with vibrant colors, but some of the plants you decide to grow around your home may be toxic to your family pets.

Those of you who enjoy planting flowers around the house, inside and out, should be aware of the hazards they can cause to your furry family members. Some popular flowers that are poisonous to your family pets are lilies, daffodils, and tulips. These flowers may decorate your home with bright beautiful colors but they can spell trouble for cats and dogs. The smallest amount of exposure to lilies can cause vomiting and kidney failure. Daffodils can cause diarrhea, tremors and cardiac problems. Excessive drooling and depression can arise from exposure to tulips bulbs. As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to research and know which plants to avoid planting.

Even common weeds found near your home or on a walk route can cause serious health issues for your pets. Buttercups and jimson weeds are among the most common found near walking paths. They are both known for the toxicity symptom that grounds them in pain and sickness. The animal becomes unable to walk or stand. They begin to drool and vomit excessively. The smallest amount of poisonous plants digested can lead to respiratory failure and even death.

Not only are some plants harmful to your pets, the fertilizers and insecticides you use to help flowers flourish may make your furry friend sick. If you use these products around your home be sure to read the instructions carefully and obey them. Avoid overusing chemicals in areas that your pet spends a lot of time. Keep your furry friends away from areas with freshly used products. Always store unused products in sturdy, pet proof containers and put them where they can’t get to them.

Be sure to educate yourself on the common signs and symptoms of plant toxicity. Poisonous plants and flowers can cause an array of health issues for companion animals, so 0it is very important to do your research before planting new plants around your home. Never allow your pets to roam into neighbor’s yards. Know where your pets are at all times, especially when they are outside, and always monitor their behavior. If at any time your pet seems to behave strangely or act out of the ordinary, contact your veterinary clinic immediately.

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