Poisonous Plants To Dogs
The urge to plant and grow is burgeoning this time of year. Planting is great for the soul and the planet, but not all plants are great for pets. If you have a dog, you need to mindful of what you plant and where you plant. Before we address the concrete elements of the article, we will address the emotional issue at hand; do not set your dog up for failure. Do not plant precious, expensive, nor memorial plants where your dogs will be walking, playing, and creeping.
Damage is not an if, it is a when, and that is not fair to the dog. Keep things of importance out of your dog’s path – period.
There are over 700 trees, vines, flowers, and shrubbery that are potentially poisonous to dogs. The list includes some of the most common and beloved like, daffodils, tulips, and begonias. Oleander, sago palms, and certain types of lilies are deadly to dogs. As we migrate across the nation, so do the names of plants, so make sure you know the genus and the species name rather than the common name. The general rule should be that you just do not take the risk and plant any of the poisonous plants where dogs tread. For the complete list of things off limits for dogs, please visit,. http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants
If you have a dog, you know that the nose knows. Any dog with a working schnozzola is going to have it sniffing things out on a nearly constant basis. They are prisoners to odors. If they think the smell is appealing, they want to taste what they are smelling. The market is flooded with something called, cocoa mulch. It is great for the ground and repelling certain bugs, but it contains caffeine and theobromine, and both are poisonous to dogs. Most hardware stores have shredded bark and leaves or pine needles, or non-toxic wood chips. Before you spread it, put on some gloves, and check for mushrooms. (NEVER pick a mushroom without wearing gloves.)
Composting is a great way to go, but is filled with things dogs can not eat. Always use a compost container rather than a spread. If you must keep it in the open air, cover the area with mesh or chicken wire. Another danger to pets are the pesticides to deter bugs and rodents. Most oils will naturally keep bugs away. Ladybugs are ideal. If you want to use plants to keep the little monsters away, use fennel and basil. Planted in pots or in the ground, they work wonders. As far as predatory creatures in your garden, it is wise to call an exterminator. They can be aggressive and dangerous when hungry or thirsty enough, and positively violent when they have given birth.