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Vet offers outdoor tips to keep your pet safe

By Dan Kadar Published: May 3, 2012

Petplan sent over some tips from Dr. Jules Benson on what to watch for regarding your outdoor pets during warm weather months.

Veggie tales: To avoid incidents, consider carefully what you plant in your vegetable garden. Several vegetables can be dangerous if ingested by pets, such as onions and chives, which can cause red blood cell destruction; rhubarb leaves, which contain kidney-damaging  oxalic acid; and members of the nightshade family like eggplant, tomatoes and potatoes, which contain deadly alkaloids.

Bedding down:
When building your flower beds, avoid cocoa bean mulches. Their chocolaty smell is very enticing to pups, but just like chocolate, cocoa bean mulches contain theobromine, which is toxic for dogs. Pay attention to what you plant there, too. Flowers such as Floxglove, Belladonna and Larkspur may make our hearts happy, but they can have toxic effects on Fido's heart and circulation.

Go green: Gardening organically is good for the planet, and your pets. The herbicides and pesticides used in some popular gardening products can potentially make your dog sick. If you do choose to use theses products in your garden, try to prevent your dog from digging-in/eating/licking the treated areas.

Chew on this: If your pets love to chew on sticks, be careful. Avoid trees with toxic bark, such as cherry, which contains cyanide-like components. Be careful around trees that yield stone fruits, like apricots or plums, because gobbled pits could cause an obstruction. Some nut shells, including walnut and almond, contain tannins that are toxic to dogs.

Out and away: If it's impossible to keep your pets' paws from prying, consider installing some type of fence to keep tprying pets paws out of harm's way – and away from your hard work!

 

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