Protect Your Pets from Backyard Toxins!

September 2, 2014 – 03:04 am

Summer is here, which is a great time for two favorite activities – gardening and spending time relaxing in the yard with friends and family, of both the two-legged and four-legged variety. But sometimes those two things don’t mix so well. Most pet owners don’t realize it, but the average backyard garden is filled with poisons that could make your best friend sick, or worse.

Protect your pets this summer by knowing what common backyard plants and gardening aids could be dangerous, and keeping your furry friends away from them. Here’s a look at some common backyard toxins.

Plants
Flowers sure can be pretty, but these decorative dandies represent some of the most dangerous threats to your pets’ health. If you plant any of these popular varieties in your garden, be sure to keep a close eye on your pets.

Amaryllis: These bold summer flowers can cause vomiting, diarrhea, depression, appetite loss, tremors, and abdominal pain if eaten by your pet.

Azaleas: Keep your pet away from this popular ornamental shrub. Its delicate flowers can cause weakness, upset stomach, heart failure, depression, and even coma.

Chrysanthemums: Eating these bright autumn favorites will likely result in vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and appetite loss for your pet.

Crocuses:
There are two types of crocus plants: spring and autumn. The more common spring variety can result in gastrointestinal upset, including vomiting and diarrhea, in dogs and cats. Autumn crocuses, however are highly toxic. If eaten, they can cause severe vomiting, gastrointestinal bleeding, respiratory distress, and organ failure.

Daffodils: Daffodils are often the first harbinger of spring, with their showy trumpet-like centers. Keep them away from your pets, though, because they can cause severe gastrointestinal distress, convulsions, seizures, and low blood pressure.

Hyacinth: Every part of these sweet smelling springtime flowers can cause illness if ingested, but the bulbs are especially toxic. If ingested, hyacinth bulbs can impair breathing and cause severe vomiting, diarrhea, and an increased heart rate.

Kalanchoe: This colorful flowering succulent is beautiful, but dangerous. Eating it can result in vomiting, diarrhea, and heart arrhythmia.

Protect Your Pets from Backyard Toxins!

Source: www.farmersalmanac.com


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Please check before you plant. Many common garden plants can make a child or a pet severely ill if not kill them. Put in "list common garden plants poison" and look at the websites. All parts of some plants, and only specific parts of other plants are toxic. These are just a few.
Daffodils, hyacinths
Castor Bean
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Iris
Foxglove
Daphne, wisteria
Rhodys, azaleas
If you have children or pets please check before you plant.


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