Soon, one of the most wonderful times of year will be upon us where we can take advantage of Mother Earth and plant a garden. Yet, while planting our tomato, squash and cucumber plants, we must always keep in mind our furry friends. According to the Pet Poison Helpline, many of the calls received involve pets ingesting yard and garden products that contain harmful chemicals or ingredients. What does a pet owner do? The number best angle of prevention is to be aware of the products that could be most harmful to your pet. These include:
Compost piles – as mold is created from the decomposition of organic substances, harmful ingredients are formed that could prove dangerous to your pet, including causing seizures.
Fertilizers – many of the fertilizers used, nowadays, are safe, but some can cause problems, particularly ones that contain blood, bone or feather meal as these can cause pancreatitis and/ or obstruct the gastrointestinal system.
Pesticides – any pesticide that contains organophosphates can be life-threatening, even in small amounts.
Snail and slug bait – slug and snail baits are highly poisonous to dogs and cats as they can cause vomiting, tremors, seizures and even life-threatening high body temperatures.
As one in twelve pets ingest poisonous plants and flowers, here are a few to be aware of:
Sago palm – every part of this plant is harmful to your pet and can cause vomiting, bloody stools, damage to the stomach lining, serve liver failure and even death. Prompt veterinarian attention is key to recovery.
Lily of the Valley –this popular springtime flower contains an ingredient also used in human heart medications. Ingested by an animal, this plant can cause a drop in a pet’s heart rate or serve cardiac arrhythmias.
Spring and Fall Crocuses – these two plants can cause problems, the fall crocus being more dangerous than the spring. The spring crocus can cause gastrointestinal problems while the fall crocus can cause gastrointestinal bleeding, multisystem organ failure and bone marrow suppression.
Stargazer lilies – this plant can prove harmful to cats, specifically causing kidney failure.
Other dangerous plants and flowers include marigolds, calla lilies begonias, daisies, ivy, poppies, ferns and more.
Pet Poison Help does have an app that has an extensive database of plants, chemicals, foods and drugs that are poisonous to pets. And always read the directions on any outdoor product to look for any warning signs for your pet.
Call NorCal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital has years of successful experience in identifying and treating all types of dangers to your pet. Call us today and let us help you and your pet remain safe through this year’s gardening season. (415) 413-7363.