Never underestimate all the things your pet can get themselves into during the cooler weather as well as the warmer weather.
Spring time is in full force, the weather is sunny and warm, and soon the flowers will start blooming and our grass will come back to life. The smells in the air are refreshing, and the trees are starting to blossom, what more could we ask for? Spring is by far one of the most beautiful seasons there is. But with Spring comes a whole heap of dangers for your pet, so today I am going to share some tips on how to keep your pets safe from spring dangers.
Did you know that some of the most beautiful flowers and plants that grow outdoors during Spring can be toxic to pets?
Some Examples of Toxic Plants/flowers Are as Follows:
- Daffodil bulbs
- Sago Palm
- Castor Bean
- English Ivy
- African Daisy
And I mean, this list? This list is just a short version of the many many dangers that await your pets when they spend time outside in the Spring. For a detailed list of harmful plants and flowers, click here.
Insecticides, herbicides and fertilizer are also harmful to pets, so keep that in mind while you do your gardening this year. Try to use all natural products when possible, and if you can’t, supervision needs to be constant if there are harmful chemicals or plants in your yard. If you think your pet may have gotten into something toxic, phone your local poison control right away.
Signs to Notice if Your Pet Has Ingested Something Toxic:
- If you suspect your pet has ate a poisonous plant – always check inside the mouth of your pet. Look for any sores forming, or even excessive drooling.
- Respiratory or breathing problems
- Loss of consciousnesses
- Swollen mouth
- Rapid breathing
If you notice any of the above symptoms, please do not wait, call your vet, poison control and/or emergency vet depending on the situation. Some of these symptoms can be fatal if not treated as soon as possible.
A lot of the fertilizers and herbicides I mentioned above, are not only toxic to your own pets, but to wildlife as well. Lets do our part, and try our best to keep using natural products, leaving harmful chemicals out of our own back yards. That way, we can focus more on enjoying the beautiful Spring weather, and getting outside, finding adventures with our pets, and families. Know the dangers, avoid the dangers.
Do you know of any toxic plants that were not on my list?
Please feel free to add to the list by leaving us a comment!
Jenna Drady is the author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired every day by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too! As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.