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Garden flowers that are harmful to pets and can even be fatal

This article is to warn pet owners to avoid certain several common garden plants and flowers in their garden as they’re dangerous to pets. Those that are incredibly knowledgeable about such things might already know not to plant  because it will harm their cat, but they’re may be one or two mentioned that you didn’t know about before – and for everyone else it may come as a surprise that you shouldn’t have these plants near your pets!

Our cat has been out in our back garden a few times, although it was under our watchful eyes as he’s not old enough to go running around the streets yet (we’ll let him go out on his young after he has been neutered in September) but today’s news has definitely made me want to have a proper look at the plants and flowers we have to make sure that our cat won’t be harmed.

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Speaking of cats lilies are one of the most dangerous flowers for cats to be around. The exposure to the lilies poison can cause kidney failures in cats, proving fatal. Here’s some more, that are both harmful to cats and dogs:

  • Poinsettia – Can cause diarrhoea, cramps, delirium, irritation and even blindness.
  • Rhododendrion – Vomiting, diarrhoea, drooling, low blood pressure and comas. Severe cases can be fatal.
  • Daffodil Bulbs – Vomiting, diarrhoea and dermatitis. In fact just 15g of the bulb can prove fatal to dogs and cats.

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The problem is; how do you stop cats and dogs from eating these plants? You can’t keep an eye on them 24/7, and while cats tend to be pretty fussy about what they eat dogs seem to have a knack for trying to eat anything at least once. The simple solution is, of course, to remove the offending plant from your garden. However, you’ll be hard pressed to get your cat to stay in your garden and your neighbours could have potentially harmful plants. If you can see your neighbours garden then make a note of what plants they have in there, that way if a pet suddenly falls ill you may be able to identify what they’ve eaten from the list of symptoms. Take them to a vet as soon as you can if you suspect they’ve eaten a poisonous plant.

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You may have a favourite plant that’s on the list, but unfortunately you can’t put a price on the life of your beloved pet. There are thousands of varieties of plants and flowers available in any case, so I’m sure you’ll find something equally as beautiful to replace it.

Remember to keep your pets safe and make sure whatever you are planting will not harm them in any way.