by Michelle Russillo
As we know planting season is around the corner. We all plan out what colors and blooms we want to see in our gardens but if you have pets, it is most important you pick plants that are safe. Additionally, always watch your dog(s) while outside or on walks to prevent the pet from eating plants.
If you suspect the pet has eaten any portion of a plant and observe symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal urine, extra salivation, weakness, and difficulty breathing take your pet to the veterinarian because he may be poisoned.
Moreover with the increase of Medical Marijuana, pet owners have to more diligent in protecting their pets from ingesting the plant or plant products. Pets who eat this plant can suffer serious consequences such as diarrhea, vomiting, increased heart rate, drooling, in-coordination, and even possibly seizures and coma. Again it is imperative to contact your veterinarian for proper care of your pet.
Toxic to both cats and dogs are Tulips, Azalea, Bird of Paradise, Aloe, Begonias, Baby’s Breath, and Amaryllis. Members of the Lilium genus, including Easter and stargazer lilies, can cause serious kidney problems if ingested by cats. So, when sending a bouquet or plant as a gift to a pet owner, it is always best to seek out (or create) a “pet friendly” bouquet.
ASPCA provides a list of plants that have been reported as having systemic and gastrointestinal tract effects. Please note the list is not meant to be all-inclusive, but rather a compilation of the most frequently encountered plants. If you think that your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, contact your local veterinarian or our 24-hour emergency poison hotline directly at 1-888-426-4435. Refer http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants
It is most important as a pet owner you are aware of your surroundings and know plant danger to prevent illness or death of your pet.