Make sure your yard is beautiful and safe for your pet.
It's getting warmer outside and the spring flowers are blooming. You may be thinking of what to plant for summer. We all love our yards to be beautiful, but, it may not occur to us that some of the plants most commonly chosen by us to landscape our lawns, can actually be quite hazardous to our beloved pets. Be careful about what you plant - especially if your pets like to chew. Many of the flowers and shrubs you grow in your yard may be hazardous if your pets eat them. Below are some plants that are commonly found in gardens and flowerbeds:
To be safe, when in doubt, ask your Veterinarian if a plant or shrub is toxic. If your veterinarian is unavailable, you can contact the experts at ASPCA either via phone or email. If you suspect your pet has ingested a plant that may be poisonous, don't panic. Pets may accidentally eat a toxic plant from time to time; therefore, it is wise to determine a course of action beforehand. When an accident happens, here is what you should do:
Sometimes an animal may consume a hazardous material and act as
though nothing strange has happened. This is because some toxins
take a while to have a negative effect and symptoms may not be
obvious until hours, or even days, have passed. Therefore, always
stay attuned to your pet's actions and do not hesitate to consult
a vet if you believe something might be wrong. Think about
investing in a first aid kit for your pet. Your veterinarian may
be able to give you an idea what items would be helpful and
essential in your kit.
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