Pet Dangers May Lurk in Your Garden

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

Pet owners, you may want to listen up.

A poisonous plant is killing man's best friend, any many don't even know it's dangerous. More than 700 plants are considered poisonous or toxic to your pets, and you probably have some in your garden right now.

Mari Kay Wisnoski loves spending time outdoors, whether it be taking in the scenery, or spending time in the yard.

"I garden to relax, just to try and make it look a little nicer, because this is where we spend all our time," Mari Kay said.

But when Mari Kay added a Sago palm to the landscape, she didn't know then the potential dangers it held.

"I had gone online earlier to find out how to prune that particular plant because it was so big," Mari Kay said. "When I went online I found out it was highly toxic to dogs."

So Mari Kay took on the task that afternoon of removing poisonous plant, and throwing it out. But somehow a piece of it managed to avoid the trash can, and it didn't take long for Mari Kay's dog Sophie to find it.

"I called the Vet right then, as I was talking to him she started vomiting , twice she vomited a large amount," Mari Kay said.

Sophie wasn't given good odds of making it, but after spending a couple of days at the vet getting some blood work she pulled through.

She was lucky.

As for the poisonous plant that almost killed Mari Kay's tiny terrier? Mary Kay has some simple advice for all pet owners..

"Dig them up, have the pet put up. Make sure you get every little piece of it up and don't have those plants anywhere near your dogs," Mari Kay said. "Because dogs are like kids and they can get in anything in a split second."

Many dogs eat the seeds on the Sago palm, they can cause liver damage, or completely shut the liver down.

But this isn't the only harmful plant. There are many others, and chances are you recognize a few. The short list includes: lilies, tulips, azaleas, oleander, and amaryllis.

Veterinarians say even just a few bites of some of those plants can make your pet deathly sick. They say the sooner you can get a pet that swallowed one of those poisonous plants to the doctor, the better their chances are of making it.

To see the ASPCA's list of dangerous plants for animals, click on the link below.

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