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A Guide to Garden Plants that Are Poisonous to Pets

Fox Glove can be deadly to pets. Fox Glove can be deadly to pets.

 

With great weather now upon us, it's time to frolic in home gardens and back yards once again. For pet owners, this means opening and closing the door to no end, letting our beloved companions in and out for their chance to enjoy the outdoors.

Unfortunately we can't always see what our pets are doing outside, much less if we leave them to roam the yard while we go out for they day. This could inadvertently lead to disaster as the shrubs and flowers we plant in our gardens, while a delight to the eye, can be harmful and even deadly to our pets.

Thankfully, the good people at the ASPCA have compiled a list of garden plants toxic to dogs and cats. Rosebud has chosen 25 of these plants to help make your next purchase at the garden center worry-free.

If you pet accidentally munches on Baby’s Breath, Begonia, Cardinal Flower, Daisy, Clematis, Iris, Daffodil, Hyacinth, Geranium, Peony, Wisteria, Yarrow, or Hydrangea they may show symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and drooling.

If Crocus or Coleus is ingested, blood may be present in vomit or diarrhea.

Not fun for anyone, Morning Glory can cause hallucinations and odd behavior.

If you see your pet excessively scratching or with irritated skin, it could be due to eating a Daisy, Dahlia, Hyacinth, Geranium, St. John’s Wort, or Dianthus plant.

Day Lilies, while beautiful, can cause kidney failure in cats.

Plants with which the most caution should be exercised are Azalea, Yew, Pieris, Rhododendron, and Foxglove. Eating these plants will lead to death.

The above list is not meant to scare anyone, so don't let it get you in a knot. The chances of your pet eating one of these plants are very slim, and with a few precautions you can eliminate that possibility all together.

1. Don't leave bulbs or tubers out.

The majority of the plants mentioned above grow from either a bulb or a tuber. Make sure that all of your bulbs and tubers are planted deep into the ground and that none are left unplanted around the yard. Store them in a paper or mesh bag on a high shelf.

2. Prune your shrubs high.

Pruning your shrubs so that branches do not reach the ground will eliminate any desire to have a curious nibble.

3. Fence in your garden.

Putting a light fencing around your garden beds will stop dogs from trampling into garden beds. You will also find fewer in-garden "deposits" to clean up as a result.

Cats and dogs are extremely intelligent creatures and will most likely know better than to eat a plant that is unfamiliar to them. A little intervention never hurt though, and a pre-planned pet-friendly garden will guarantee a happy, and worry-free, frolic in the yard that you can both enjoy.

For a complete list of harmful plants, please visit the ASPCA's website at http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/poison-control/Plants.

 

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