Published on July 1st, 2016 | by Debbie Martin0
Garden Dangers and your Pets
We all love being out in the garden, when the weather permits but are you aware that while you are busy enjoying the sun your pet could potentially be at harm, in their own garden, if they are not carefully supervised?
Garden dangers for our pets come in many different varieties. In this article we will discuss the most common dangers that we as vets see during the summer months.
Pets are particularly vulnerable to poisoning from garden plants and flowers. We know what little busy-bodies dogs and cats can be and they always have their heads in something they perhaps shouldn’t, however if you can remain one step ahead and make sure that you keep toxic plants well out of they way from your pets you are ensuring minimal dangers to your pet in your garden.
A few of the most common toxic plants (to both cats and dogs) include; Lilies – although there are many different types of lilies, please be aware that each can cause a different degree of poisoning (some can be fatal) to your pet and it is best to avoid planting lilies in places your pet can get to. Begonia, Clematis, Cordyline, Daffodil bulbs, Daisy, Eucalyptus, Elderberry, Fern, Foxglove, Geranium, Hydrangea, Ivy, Marigold, Peony, Poppy, Privet hedge,
Tomato plant & Wisteria. This is a very condensed list and there are plenty more toxic plants you need to be aware of. A useful downloadable list can be found on the Dogs’ Trust website (you can even print this and stick on your shed door).
Stinging insects can be problematic and potentially fatal if rapid action isn’t taken. Bee and wasp stings in particular can cause swelling and if your pet is stung in the mouth (most pets are as they try to catch the flying insects) a swollen mouth, tongue, throat can be VERY dangerous. We know that you cannot stop insects from entering your garden but by removing any windfall fruit that may be an attraction and by keeping your pet pre-occupied with
something else (treat, toy) so that they are less likely to go rummaging can help minimise potential sting risks.
Barbeques can potentially be hazardous to pets as poisonous food and drink may be within reach of greedy mouths -alcohol, caffeine products, onions, grapes, garlic, chives, salty products etc. Make sure that any guests you have round know not to feed these things to your pet as they can be very harmful.
As well as seasonal dangers please also be aware that certain dangers are around all year, in particular Lungworm. Lungworm larvae is carried by slugs and snail and can be transmitted to your pet through drinking from unclean water bowls & puddles, toys that have been left in the garden and when the slugs and snails are accidentally digested when rummaging. Speak to your vet about preventative Lungworm treatment today.
Many websites contain help and information on the potential dangers for your pets within your garden and your vets will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please bear in mind that if you are unsure on the toxicity of something it is best to keep it away from your pet and seek the information you need.