Gardening Safety Tips for Your Dog

Spring is here and that means it’s time to prepare our garden plots for flowers, vegetables and more! Here at Ashburn Vet we love to garden but we also know that there are some dangers that need to be avoided as a dog owner.

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While you can find a more complete list of toxic plants at the ASPCA website here are some great tips for keeping your pup safe this spring and summer!

Top 10 Plants to Avoid:

  • Castor bean (Ricinus communis)
  • Oleander (Nerium oleander)
  • Morning Glory (Ipomea sp.)
  • Japanese Yew (Taxus cuspidata)
  • Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum)
  • Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
  • Nightshade (Atropa belladonna)
  • Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)
  • Precatory Beans (Arbus precatorius)
  • Trumpet vine (Campsis radicans)

Other dangers include:

  • Compost bins- Coffee, moldy food and certain types of fruit and vegetables are toxic to dogs. Make sure to keep your compost bins away from your dog.
  • Mole baits-Mole baits often contain poisons that can kill your dog. Please read labels carefully before putting any sort of bait near your pet.
  • Pesticides- Read labels carefully! Many pesticides have specific drying times before it is safe for humans and pets to return to the yard.
  • Cocoa mulch- Cocoa Mulch is made from the hulls of cocoa beans and – when fresh – has a rich, chocolate aroma associated with it.  Depending on the amount involved, ingestion of cocoa mulch can cause a range of clinical signs, from vomiting, diarrhea and muscle tremors to elevated heart rate, hyperactivity and even seizures. Consider using a less-toxic alternative, such as shredded pine, cedar or hemlock bark, but always supervise your pups where fresh mulch is spread to make sure they are not ingesting it.
  • Fertilizers- Just like pesticides, fertilizers can cause severe health issues with your dog. Make sure to read instructions carefully to ensure you are waiting the appropriate amount of time before letting your pup back in the yard.

To read more about safe gardening and your dog, we recommend the links below!


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