On on the hottest day of the year and summer in full force I thought I would give you some information on keeping your pet safe in the garden. As this time of year we spend more time outside, doors open and giving your dog more freedom to roam around the garden.
MORE TH>N has found that 78% of British gardens contain plants that are toxic to cats and dogs. With one in every three pet owners (31%) admitting they have no idea if the plants and flowers in their gardens are toxic.
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puppy and keeping him safe, he is learning to do a very special job when he is older and someone out there is waiting for him to change their life.
The findings come as MORE TH>N and Charlie Dimmock launch a new Pet Safe campaign to raise awareness of the issue of cats and dogs being poisoned by common household plants and flowers.
To raise further awareness MORE TH>N commission RHS Gold medal winner, Ian Drummond to create the world’s most dangerous garden to cats and dogs.
Far from being rare and exotic botanical specimens, all of the plants and flowers can be found in any home garden, public park or horticultural centre in Britain. According to vet and consultant on the garden, Robert White-Adams, “As a nation of animal lovers we’ll do anything to not put our pets at harm. What this campaign reveals is the hidden dangers many of us wouldn’t even be aware of.
A few of the plants on show include: Begonia, Buxus Pyramiden, Chrysanthemum, Clematis, Cordyline, Daisy, Dahlia, Elderberry, Foxglove, Grape plant, Hydrangea, Hedera Ivy, Lilies (variety), Cherry Laurel, Marigold, Nerium Oleander, Paeonia mix, Papaver Poppy, Tomato plant and Wisteria.
If your anything like me I struggle with names of flowers so here are some pictures to show you a selection of flowers.
In addition to raising general awareness of this issue, MORE TH>N is directly campaigning for plant producers, manufacturers of garden products and retailers to provide clearer labelling to help pet owners easily identify if items are safe or harmful to cats and dogs – something that 86% of cat and dog owners would like to see.
General symptoms of poisoning from plants or flowers
- Oral or skin irritation
- Upset stomach / Vomiting / Diarrhoea
- Rapid breathing
- Heart failure
- Excitability or lethargy
- Increased Thirst
- Dilated Pupils
- Dizziness / Loss of Balance
Remember to contact your vet immediately if you think your pet has eaten any toxic plants, flowers, or in fact any toxic items or substances. Take along samples of the plant to the vet – or preferably any identification label, tag or pot information you may still have for the plant that has been eaten.