Protect Your Family Pets From Toxic Plants

Protect Your Family Pets From Toxic Plants

I was just getting around to reading the September 2008 issue of the Pensacola Home and Garden magazine. They had a very interesting article about protecting your pet from toxic plants.

The article focused on four beautiful plants: sago palm, oleander, lantana, and azaleas. I have all four of these in my yard. I knew that the oleander was poison to humans and pets but I did not know about the other three plants. Then I wondered, what else in my yard could make my pet sick?

The U.S. Humane Society said that more than 700 plants have been identified as being potentially dangerous to animals. These plants produce a toxic substance which may cause everything from a mild case of nausea to muscle tremors or even death.

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Sago Palm

The sago palm is a favorite because it requires little water and attention. However, veterinarians are seeing more cases of sago palm toxic poison in pets each year. All parts of the sago palm are harmful, but the seeds or nuts at the center are especially toxic. Most animals that eat part of a sago palm will not survive.

A pet may develop signs of illness within one to two days. Call you veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet has eaten a poisonous plant. Do not wait, get your pet in for help as soon as possible. Then the dangerous toxins can be removed from the animal’s stomach before the toxins are absorbed.

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Lantana - the Butterfly Plant

Lantana, or the butterfly plant, is beautiful with the multi colors in each bloom. The plant has a very stong smell. Even though the butterflies love it, the plant is toxic to pets. A local veterinarian said that they had never heard of anyone’s dog chewing on it.

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The leaves of the beautiful oleander plant is toxic to pets and humans. If you burn the leaves of the oleander and get in the smoke then it can make you sick. In the historical tours of Charleston, South Carolina, they tell about people making oleander tea and serving it to someone to kill them.

The azalea is also a harmful plant that can be poisonous to your pet. There are many varieties of azaleas with a variety of colors of the beautiful bloom.

Pet owners should make themselves aware of which plants in their yard or in their home are potentially poisonous to their pets. A dog may eat a small amount of a poisonous plant and be fine.

The animal’s size, the animal’s species, the plant type, the quantity eaten, and the length of time that has elapsed all affect how much harm will be done to your family pet. It is best to exercise caution so that you family pets will be fine.

Author: ParentingUncle

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