You want your dog to be able to hang out in your yard without having any problems. It’s a great way for them to get exercise, but you need to make sure that they remain safe. You may not realize it, but there are several potential hazards for your pet in your yard. This includes the plants that you choose.
Some plants are highly poisonous to dogs so you should make sure that you check out the safety of plants before you use them in your garden, if your dog is likely to come into contact with them. We have put together a list of five of the plants that are most toxic to dogs, so that you can avoid choosing them for your yard.
Azaleas may be beautiful plants to have in your yard, but they are not a good choice if you have a dog. Any part of the azalea plant can make your dog ill if ingested. The problems that your dog can end up with include depression, vomiting and breathing issues. It’s unlikely that your dog would eat enough of this plant to kill it, but it can happen.
Daffodil, and other plants from the narcissus family, make a colorful addition to any yard. However, you need to be careful if you have pets. Daffodil, and other narcissus, bulbs are poisonous to dogs. They can cause serious vomiting and diarrhoea and in serious cases they can lead to the death of the dog.
It’s unlikely that your pet will be able to reach mistletoe berries that are growing naturally in your garden, but this does not prevent them from being a problem. Traditionally, sprigs of mistletoe are brought into the home over the Christmas season. It;s fun to kiss under the mistletoe, but it’s not as much fun if your dog eats the berries. They can suffer from an upset gastrointestinal tract as a result. If a puppy eats just a few berries it can die.
Rhubarb is a popular plant in many gardens as the stalks can be used to make tasty desserts. These stalks are not poisonous to dogs, but the leaves are. Ingestion can cause vomiting and diarrhoea and can lead to renal failure. Ingestion of the leaves can also be toxic to other animals and humans.
Cherry trees can be an attractive addition to a yard, but they can be problematic if there is a dog in your household. Eating the twigs and leaves of a wild cherry can be fatal to dogs.
These are just some of the plants that could be toxic for your pet. If you have a dog, you should not take any chances. As the people at Wikilawn say;
“You might spend hours on your seasonal flower bed only for your dog to dig it up and eat the flowers. These things happen! Many common flowers can be poisonous to dogs. If you’re unsure, call your vet to confirm that your flower selections are dog safe.”
By the way, want to know more about pet-proofing your yard? Find out more by following this link and reading the article.
It’s worth taking the time and effort to make sure that your dog is completely safe when playing in your yard.