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There are Australian pet lovers who also love their gardens. But did you know that there could be some common backyard plants that can kill your dog?
Australia has some of the world’s most beautiful plants. But did you know that there are some common backyard plants that are lethal to your puppy? As a pet lover, you need to familiarise yourself with different facts of pet care, including which plants might be harmful for your furry little friend.
This is a very important topic in pet care. Did you know that there are almost a thousand species of plants that are considered poisonous to dogs and other house pets? All too often when a dog is taken to the vet for sickness and the vet explains to the pet carer that it was the result of poison, the owners all jump to the conclusion that “someone else” must have poisoned their dog.
More than 95% of such veterinarian visits are the result of backyard poisoning from owners who unknowingly beautified their landscape with daffodils or bulbs of hyacinth, without a clue that these common plants can be fatal to animals. A dog can literally dig into the ground and unearth a bulb which can immediately become the object of its chewing desire. Once swallowed, it becomes a lethal ingestion.
Autumn crocus plans, Glory Lilies, and the star-of-Bethlehem are other examples of popular plants which are very poisonous. The lily-of-the-valley is another lovely plant that is popular in many homes but once snatched up by a puppy can spell certain death.
A true botanist at heart loves a yard that is quilted with cornflower, black eyed susan, golden glow, lantana, sweet peas, and bleeding heart. But if a dog lives in this very same atmosphere, certain death is lurking inside each and every one of these plants.
Did you know that the poinsettia, known everywhere as the beautiful “Christmas Plant” and used in hundreds of thousands of homes during the holidays, is so dangerous that a single leaf chewed up by a child can be fatal?
Now imagine this:
You’ve spent all winter landscaping and designing your garden, having everything planned for the hot Australian summer. You have all the right plants and shrubs to complement your fresh green lawn. Now you see your dog running around joyfully around his newly built doghouse which is nestled right next to that beautiful oleander bush you’ve been growing. His water dish lies cool as it sits in the shade of that same bush. As a cool breeze blows by, a beautiful oleander leaf falls gently into the water dish and caresses the surface.
Isn't this a beautiful scene, relaxed, serene, natural, and safe?
While this mental picture may look amazingly beautiful, pet lovers need to understand that it can also be very deadly. One sip of water from that water bowl that has your favorite oleander leaf floating in it can kill your dog within an hour!
So pet lovers, please take some time and do some research before allowing your pets to run around your garden.