A lot of people are genuinely shocked when they find out some of the garden plants they enjoy looking at – are actually dangerous to their pets. But, the biggest problem is they usually find that out by having to take their pet to the veterinarian after it’s been poisoned. Since your four-legged friends (especially puppies and kittens) are very likely to try to chew on some of your garden plants – it’s best you get familiar with the potential danger.
Let’s face it – you can’t watch your pet all the time. But, you can be prepared to recognize any strange behavioral change or a symptom, and act fast to help your pet (and even save their life – because some of the plants can even be deadly, in the most extreme cases). Some of the alarming symptoms are diarrhea and/or vomiting, excessive salivation, and unusually hard breathing. In these cases, it’s a smart idea to take your pet to the animal doctor right away – just to be safe.
Every plant on this list is dangerous to some point. In some cases, they won’t cause any harm to your pet, but in some – they can do a lot of trouble. While most of these plants will attack the digestive system, some of them can even attack the pet’s nervous system. Here is the list of the garden plants that can be harmful to your four-legged friend:
Aconitum, Amaryllis bulbs, Asparagus fern, Azalea, Cyclamen, Daffodil bulbs, Day Lilies, Delphiniums, Foxgloves, Hemlock, Hyacinth, Hydrangea, Ivy, Laburnum, Lily of the Valley, Lupins, Morning glory, Nightshade, Oleander, Rhododendron, Rhubarb leaves, Sweetpea, Tulip bulbs, Umbrella plant, Wisteria, and Yew.
What Should You Do
If you happen to have some of these plants already planted in your outdoor area – you don’t have to destroy them. You can train your pet not to go near that particular plant, or put some kind of the fence around the plant (maybe even surround it with other, non-dangerous plants). And, be on the alert if your pet does actually try to chew on the plant.
You can also use this knowledge as the opportunity to reimagine parts of your garden, and enhance the whole outdoor experience for your family and your pet. Luckily, there is an abundance of different plants to choose from. Some of them look really spectacular – and will not get your pet in any kind of harm. We’re happy to help create this new look for you!
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