Whether you have created your own garden or walk your dog past gorgeous landscaping, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to plant safety for your pets.
There are hundreds of plants that are toxic for your pet to ingest. If they eat the wrong one, your pet could end up with abdominal issues, convulsions, coma, or even death. Do thorough research before planting in your own yard – especially if you like to clip flowers and bring them inside – and don’t let your animals nibble on any plants outdoors.
You’ll also want to think about mulch, insecticides, and fertilizers when you are planning out your garden. Cocoa bean mulch is very toxic, but pine, cedar, and hemlock are all safer options. Insecticides and pesticides are all dangerous, so you’ll want to find one that is on less harmful and follow the label on the package.
Lastly, there are many types of fertilizers that pose less of a threat to your animal. Look for a package that says “pet-friendly” and you’ll be good to go. If your pet does ingest an item that you think may be dangerous, please contact your veterinarian immediately.