Help keep your garden safe for animals

Watch out for hazards and poisons in the garden

For many people, it’s the time of year when people enjoy their gardens. If your family includes a four-legged member, it’s important to keep them safe.

With so many dangerous plants and flowers around, many of which are potentially toxic and poisonous to animals. Help keep your companions as safe as possible by keeping them clear of common poisons and hazards.

If you have small animals who live outside, make sure they are safe and secure in their hutches. Ensure your garden has a secure fence and all the gates are closed.

Follow all instructions carefully when using things like weed killer. If treated plants get eaten by your companion animal this can cause harm, call your vet immediately if you are worried or suspect your animal may have been poisoned.

Watch out for sharp objects in your garden, glass, sharp objects, broken bottles etc. always do a check before letting your animal run If you are planning to do some lawn mowing, always check your garden for hedgehogs and small animals first, especially under logs or leaves. If you are planning a bonfire, always check for hedgehogs and small animals that may have sheltered themselves beneath some leaves.

When out walking with your dog

Always be cautious for hazards outdoors. Blue green algae can be fatal and the threat of an adder bite can be dangerous. Always call your vet immediately, if you are concerned your animal has been bitten or eaten anything suspicious.

Here are just a few of the plants you should avoid:

Tiger Lily (and most Lilies in general, like Calla Lilies), Crocus, Amaryllis, Carnations, Chrysanthemums, the Tulip and the Azalea.

Most types of Aloe, Sago, Begonias, most types of Laurel, Ivy and Fern varieties, and even most Pine trees. If a plant is waxy or has waxy parts to it – it’s potentially dangerous to animals.

Fungi

Keep a watch out for dangerous things like fungi, mushrooms, especially after a rainfall, be safe by not avoiding any mushrooms.

Dogs especially may try to eat things, to help ensure your garden stays a safe place for your beloved animal and plan your garden accordingly.

Being vigilant about the possible hazards will help you relax and be worry-free this summer.

Have a safe and happy summer!

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