Garden plants kill dogs or cats and cause ‘coma and death from cardiovascular collapse’

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Mark Lane issues stark warning about plants in your garden that could kill animals (Image: Getty)

As I write, my partner and I are discussing getting a puppy or rescue dog, since we spend a lot of time outside; However, I do love my garden and plants, especially as we’ve just moved house and have a blank canvas to work with, and the thought of a four-legged monster trampling my flowers, Yellowing the lawn or finding ‘huge’ piles of mud and holes that seem to last forever bothers me a bit.

I grew up with dogs, Labradors in particular, and for many years my partner and I had two long haired Persian cats, but these were primarily indoor cats. I guess I’ll have to give up and get over the divorce, and like a lot of gardeners who also have cats and dogs, redesign our outdoor spaces so they’re pet-friendly.

We are a nation that loves our pets, but when it comes to gardening there are certain plants that should be avoided as they can be toxic, especially to cats and dogs. Still, if you have a pet-friendly garden and you love your plants and flowers, how can you prevent paws, small or large, from munching on your prized blooms or delicious vegetables?

When it comes to plants, it is not just the leaves, flowers and stems that you see above the ground. Many flowering bulbs, such as autumn crocus, cyclamen, tulips, daffodils, all of which can be planted now, and any members of the lily family, can cause severe gastrointestinal irritation in your pet, loss of appetite or, in extreme cases, convulsions. can cause symptoms.

If you love these plants, I recommend that you grow them in pots and containers that your dog or cat cannot reach. You can put some chicken wire over a container so your pet can’t dig them out – this will also deter determined squirrels.

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Azaleas and rhododendrons contain geotoxins that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and death. (Image: Getty)


Daises and chrysanthemums contain pyrethrins which cause gastrointestinal problems (Image: Getty)

Azaleas and rhododendrons contain greytoxins that can cause vomiting, diarrhea and, in severe cases, coma and death from cardiovascular collapse. yew or Taxus spp. Contains toxin that causes trembling, loss of coordination and difficulty breathing.

Mixed plants, such as daisies and chrysanthemums, contain pyrethrins that cause gastrointestinal problems and vomiting. Even English ivy, Hedera helix, contains triterpenoid saponins, which result in vomiting and diarrhea.

Avoid other toxic plants such as foxglove, delphinium, tomato and wisteria. The Dogs Trust has a very handy PDF that lists all the common garden plants and houseplants with tips on what to look for. You can view it here. Cats Protection also gives great advice and what to do if you think your cat has been poisoned.

However, it is not all doom and gloom. There are still many houseplants and outdoor plants that you can grow without thinking about or experiencing the worst. However, we can’t keep an eye on our pets 24 hours a day and it’s always best to check published lists in case they want to take a bite of something or dig at it because they think it’s fun, advice Follow these guidelines and choose plants that are safe.

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When it comes to houseplants you can grow the following: Calathea lancifolia (rattlesnake plant); Chlorophytum comosum (spider plant); Streptocarpus sect. Saintpaulia (African violet); Nephrolepis exaltata (Boston fern); Phalaenopsis sp. (moth orchid) and Phoenix canariensis (date palm).

Bedding plants such as nasturtium, nemesia, petunia and pansies are safe for both dogs and cats. All forms of rosehip are also safe for pets, as is Nepeta sp. (catmint) and valerian sp. Which cats especially like to sniff and sometimes roll over.

The scents of catmint, lavender and hardy geranium may excite your pet, but they won’t harm them. If you have planted a new border, consider erecting a small temporary chicken wire fence around the area until the plants are large enough to fend for themselves. Of course, this type of fencing will be quite interesting to your pet and no matter how many times you yell ‘get off’ or ‘leave it’, if they are determined they will find a way out.

Gardens should be stimulating and fun places for both us and our pets. Some pets dislike the feel of wet surfaces such as lawns and paths and will often follow paths like us. Our long haired Persian cats went out with us, but they always stuck to the dry paths.

So, make sure you have clear hard areas like patios and pathways and line them with sturdy plants. When it comes to planting, it makes sense to plant larger plants from the start, such as shrubs and established perennials that won’t mind being crushed or gnawed, will quickly bounce back or even die. If you plant small plants or young plants, you can always plant thorny rose cuttings between plants to help prevent stray claws.

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There are still many houseplants and outdoor plants that you can grow without fear (Image: Getty)

Raised beds are great because you can raise the plantings to a practical height and maybe raise the beds high enough so that your pets won’t notice the plants (well, it’s worth a try).

Safety and security are important, especially when you have pets. Make sure gates and fences are fenced, have a secure catch or lock and perhaps consider adding a line of chicken wire along the bottom, bent at ninety degrees and buried under the soil so dogs cannot climb through the fence. digging under and trying to escape. The perimeter fence should be 1.8 meters high, as most dogs cannot jump that high.

As mentioned above, the gaps under the gates need to be blocked with either planters fixed to the front or back of the gates or chicken wire. You can buy perimeter fence systems with a receiver in a collar that will sound a beep or issue a short jolt. The idea is that your pet will find this uncomfortable and will come back to you. Personally, I think it’s better to create a safe space with pet-friendly plants, some wire fencing, and a tall fence. I want our new puppy (see I’m almost giving up) to enjoy the space, plant a plant or two and maybe dig!

We need to be with our pets, and if you are concerned about the plants in your garden see the links above or search online. It can be a little confusing, but cross-checking will give you pet-friendly plants that you and your pet can enjoy for years to come.

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