Pet-Proof Your Yard
The colorful spring flowers blooming around town may inspire you to do a little gardening of your own. But before you grab those gloves and dig in, check out these tips to keep your yard pet-friendly.
Lay off the chemical pesticides, especially those meant for rodents, slugs and snails. The flavoring used to attract pests can also lure in unsuspecting pets.
Remove mushrooms from your yard promptly. Some are dangerous and some are harmless, but don’t let your pet be the one to find out.
If you suspect your pet ate something hazardous, call your vet, emergency animal hospital or pet poison control immediately. Choose your blooms wisely. Several common plants can poison pets, including azaleas, chrysanthemums, cyclamens, daffodils, hyacinths, oleanders, philodendrons, lilies of the valley, morning glories, mother-in-law plants, sago palms and tulips.
A full list can be found on the ASPCA’s toxic and nontoxic plant website.
sweet but toxic
Lilies are lovely, but Asiatic, day, Easter, tiger and Japanese show lilies can be deadly, especially to cats. Calla, peace and Peruvian lilies are less dangerous but can still cause irritation if eaten.
Published: June 17, 2020