So we all know how fun it is to have a pup, but sometimes they can be more like pests in the garden. Whether it’s creating a hole where you really don’t want one to driving you crazy when you are trying to actually garden, Dogs can really test your patience.
Our pup Jaxx is no exception. Trying to get anything done with him as my shadow is very counterproductive. I swear little horns pop out of his head as he tries to undo anything I actually accomplish. Luckily he’s cute, it’s what drives me to overlook the chaos he can create in a very short time. If you are nodding your head, than you know what I mean.
The thing that we all need to realize is that to spite their frolicking and mischief that can make us a bit crazy, there are true dangers that lurk out there for our furry friends. Here are just a sampling of the plants that you may want to remove or guard carefully for your pet’s sake from the ASPCA site:
The bulb portions of Tulipa/Narcissus spp. contain toxins that can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation, drooling, loss of appetite, depression of the central nervous system, convulsions and cardiac abnormalities.
Taxus spp. contains a toxic component known as taxine, which causes central nervous system effects such as trembling, incoordination, and difficulty breathing. It can also cause significant gastrointestinal irritation and cardiac failure, which can result in death.
Common garden plants popular around Easter, Amaryllis species contain toxins that can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hypersalivation, anorexia and tremors.
Ingestion of Colchicum autumnale by pets can result in oral irritation, bloody vomiting, diarrhea, shock, multi-organ damage and bone marrow suppression.
These popular blooms are part of the Compositae family, which contain pyrethrins that may produce gastrointestinal upset, including drooling, vomiting and diarrhea, if eaten. In certain cases depression and loss of coordination may also develop if enough of any part of the plant is consumed.
This plant contains components that can produce gastrointestinal irritation, as well as those that are toxic to the heart, and can seriously affect cardiac rhythm and rate.
For a comprehensive list and photos of pet-safe garden plants, visit the Animal Poison Control Center at www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/plants.
The following list from http://www.1stinflowers.com/articles/poisonous-plants-for-dogs.html also tells us many plants to avoid with photos.
I hope this helps you become more aware of the dangers that can be right in our own back yards. Please visit the site links I provided to get all the facts to make the best choices for your garden and your pup!