Poisons a peril for pets

Sep 21st, 2012 | By | Category: News

Resident vet Sally Moore from Global Veterinary Services takes a quick look at common items around the garden that may be harmful to your animals.

There’s a whole heap of poisonous plants out there that it’s best for our little woollies and hairies to avoid.

It’s not just the plants that are dangerous – with the weather warming and keen gardeners out there growing things, slugs and snails are on the prowl. Please be very careful when laying out the slug bait – this is an incredibly poisonous chemical.

Just this week we have, with joint help from Newstead Veterinary Services, managed to save a poisoned dog who nearly died from slug bait poisoning.

For a 20kg dog it only takes about 120g of this product to kill.

While we’re on the subject, don’t let dogs have access to raisins, grapes, onions, garlic, chocolate or avocadoes.

Poisonous Plants

Take care with your pets when they start nibbling grass that they don’t nibble poisonous garden plants. Here is a list of some of the main ones to watch out for:

Solanum family – nightshades, poroporo, Jerusalem cherry and potato

Tutu
Bracken fern
Rhododendron/azalea
Foxglove
Acorns
Avocado
Buttercup
Goat’s Rue
Hemlock
Macrocarpa, pine and cypress
Ngaio
Yew
Sheep’s sorrel, rhubarb, lilies
Ragwort
Blue borage
Monkshood Aconite
Redroot
Box
Karaka
Delphinium
Iris
Privet
Daffodils
Castor oil plant
Cherry Laurel
Strathmore weed

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