On June 10, 2020

Gardening and pets

Many of us are getting excited about putting in our gardens and planting our flowers but the Rutland County Humane Society would like to remind you of a few things to keep in mind if you have pets.

Poisonous Plants: Rhododendron and azaleas for instance are toxic to both dogs and cats. Mushrooms and other cycads (the sago palm is a popular houseplant in this category) can cause liver failure. Other dangerous plants include lily of the valley, oleander, foxglove and kalanchoe can damage your pet’s heart.

Fertilizer: Carefully choose your fertilizer if you have pets and follow instructions carefully about when to let your pet outside unsupervised after spreading it.

Cocoa mulch: That wonderful chocolate smell is tempting to dogs but it poses the same health risks chocolate can when consumed.

Insecticides: Always store pesticides carefully and use carefully. Follow the manufacturers’ label and don’t place where your pets can be exposed to or ingest them.

Garden Tools: The hazards are obvious but the dirt caked into sharp tools pose a risk for tetanus.

If your pet ingests something you think may be toxic, contact your veterinarian. There is a pet poison hotline that can be reached at 888-426-4435. Have a safe spring with your pets!

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